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Key Takeaway:

BVG, Germany’s largest transit operator, is conducting a citywide pilot of contactless EMV payments on board the operator’s nearly 1,500 buses and have eliminated cash acceptance on the vehicles. Government officials have not yet given the green light to make the contactless service permanent.

Key Data:

BVG spent €2.1 million (US$2.5 million) installing glass panes around the bus driver stations, to ease driver concerns about catching the virus from passengers.

Organizations Mentioned:

• BVG (Berlin)
• SWB Bus and Bahn (Bonn)

Germany’s largest transit operator, BVG, said it’s pilot of contactless EMV payments extends to all of its nearly 1,500 buses, and the company has eliminated cash acceptance on board the vehicles, a spokesman confirmed to Mobility Payments. But officials in Berlin have not yet decided whether to make the contactless payments service permanent, he added.

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