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Key Takeaway:

Toronto regional transit agency Metrolinx is continuing with a contactless payments pilot launched in March. The agency then plans a phased rollout of open loop, taking a rather slow approach to expanding contactless fare acceptance.

Key Data:

Since launching the contactless pilot on the UP Express in March, Metrolinx has recorded just under 8,700 trips paid for with contactless. The rather low figure is in part because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which greatly reduced ridership on the airport line, a Metrolinx spokeswoman said.

Organizations Mentioned:

• Metrolinx
• TTC (Toronto)
• Durham Region Transit
• Hamilton Street Railway
• Interac
• Bytemark

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is continuing its move to open-loop payments, though is taking a slow approach–with transit authority Metrolinx not calling an end yet to a more than six-month pilot and then committing to pursuing a rollout in a “phased manner.”

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