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Smartphone ticketing launches for Boston-area commuters

November 20, 2012

The contactless credit card terminal is no longer a phenomenon for brick-and-mortar stores only.

The contactless credit card terminal is no longer a phenomenon for brick-and-mortar stores only. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has launched an application that allows individuals taking public transportation in the Boston area to purchase and display tickets via their mobile phones.

The app, called mTicket, is currently available for Apple and Android smartphones, but a Blackberry version is expected in the near future. Individuals can purchase one-way, round-trip or 10-ride tickets using a credit or debit card. Monthly passes will likely be added this winter, according to The Boston Globe. The tool also allows riders to display their tickets to conductors. Each ticket can only be used once when users hit the “activate” button in the application.

According to DigitalTransactions.net, the launch of the ticketing app marks the first time a major U.S. transit agency is making smartphone payments generally available to riders.
Right now it is only being used on certain MBTA commuter rail lines. However, the service will soon be fully operational.

Similar ticketless systems are being tested and explored in cities across the nation.
 

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