Moscow Metro Expands Test of ‘Virtual Troika’ in Pays Wallets, as It Continues to Develop Digital-Payments Services

Hand with virtual Troika card at Moscow Metro gate.

Moscow Metro is recruiting more users to test its “Virtual Troika” card in two NFC wallets, those supporting Google Pay and Samsung Pay, as one of the world’s largest subway operators continues to seek more ways for its customers to pay for rides. […]

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U.S. Transit Agency Eliminates Cash Acceptance on Board Its Vehicles as Planned

Greater Dayton RTA bus

In the run-up to the elimination of cash fares on board its fixed-route buses and trolleybuses today, the Greater Dayton RTA had reduced cash payments to less than 10% of all trips, while 92% of the trips were paid for with digital payments–either contactless closed-loop cards or mobile ticketing, the agency told Mobility Payments. […]

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Special Report: Interest Grows in ‘White-Label EMV’ for Closed-Loop Transit Cards

Woman holds up new SL closed-loop card based on white-label EMV.

As more transit agencies introduce open-loop fare payments, interest is starting to grow in use of white-label EMV cards that agencies can issue in place of proprietary closed-loop cards for riders who don’t have bank cards or don’t want to use them to pay fares. […]

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Paris Transit Authority Moves Closer to Rolling Out Mobile Ticketing on Range of Android Phones

Large Paris regional transit authority Île-de-France Mobilités is moving closer to supporting mobile ticketing on a range of Android phones using host-card emulation technology from Google, after the vendor trade group that manages the Calypso fare card technology the authority uses beefed up security. […]

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In-Depth: Contactless Transactions Soar, but Transport for London Affirms that Oyster Will Remain Payments Option

Contactless open-loop payments have surged in recent months for Transport for London, returning to their steep growth trajectory before the pandemic, and now account for 70% of all pay-as-you-go, or PAYG, trips on the London Underground and two-thirds of PAYG trips on buses. And contactless has surpassed 50% of all trips–including those made with season tickets (see new chart below). […]

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Transport for London to Offer Weekly Fare Capping with Oyster Cards; Move Expected to Drive Even More Riders to Pay as You Go

In a move expected to make Transport for London’s pay-as-you-go model even more dominant and further erode support for season tickets and other period travel passes, the agency today said it will introduce weekly fare capping for PAYG transactions with its closed-loop Oyster card on rail and Underground trips starting Monday­– years after it began supporting the feature for open-loop contactless payments. […]

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Sydney Transit Official: Opal Card Not Going Away, Despite Growth of Contactless

Sydney-based Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, has no plans to phase out or de-emphasize its closed-loop Opal card, despite strong adoption of contactless open-loop payments by customers, especially with mobile wallets, according to Kurt Brissett, executive director for connected journeys for the agency. […]

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Panel: Closed-Loop Payments Expected to Remain an Option for Years to Come Despite Growth of Open Loop

While the trend today is for more transit agencies to introduce open-loop fare payments, closed-loop cards, either in physical form or dematerialized on smartphones and wearables, will be with us for many years to come–though perhaps in a reduced role. That’s according to a recent panel discussion at the Mobility Payments Asia Pacific 2021 conference. […]

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Taiwan’s EasyCard Chief Sees Little Threat to Fare Payments Business from Fintechs

EasyCard Corp., Taiwan’s dominant transit e-purse, is not worried about fintechs taking away a significant share of its fare payments business and, in fact, is in talks to work with the country’s most popular e-payments fintech, Jkopay, the head of EasyCard said. […]

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