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Yet another U.S. public transportation service to accept mobile payments

January 15, 2014

For the third time this month, a major public transportation organization in the U.S. announced that it would begin to allow its riders to pay for their fares using smartphones and other new devices.

For the third time this month, a major public transportation organization in the U.S. announced that it would begin to allow its riders to pay for their fares using smartphones and other new devices.

FinExtra recently reported that users of the Washington Metro service would soon be able to pay for their bus rides, parking, train fares and more by using chip-enabled credit cards, federal government I.D. cards and mobile phones, in addition to the fare cards individuals currently use. 

“While Metro pioneered the tap and go system we currently use, by today’s standards that system is cumbersome and the technology is not sustainable,” Richard Sarles, CEO and manager of the Washington agency, told the news outlet. “The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders, and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares.”

The Washington metro system is far from the first in the U.S. to take a cue from mobile credit card payment processing terminals and begin allowing its riders to pay for their fare using smartphones. Earlier this month, the New York City transit authority announced that its riders would soon be able to pay using mobile devices. The following week, The Chicago Tribune announced that its city’s CTA service would begin accepting fare payments transacted through the devices. 

“CTA and Cubic are testing the limited number of NFC-enabled devices currently on the market with the goal of having the system used for both buses and trains,” Brian Steele, spokesman for the Chicago Transit Authority, told The Chicago Tribune. “So far we haven’t run into any problems, but we are still testing.”

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