Fixed Interchange Fees Hit U.S. Transit Agencies Hard, While Other Merchants Can Soften Blow

Visa card at OMNY terminal

A wide range of U.S. merchants pay the same fixed debit card fees based on interchange, including supermarkets, gasoline stations, restaurants and hotels. But transit agencies accepting open-loop payments appear to be are among the hardest hit by these fees because of the low value of most of their transactions. […]

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State of California Seeks to Change Way Transit Agencies Procure Fare Systems

As the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, sees it, the state’s more than 300 local transit agencies offer a fragmented and inefficient mix of fare collection systems–a fact it says discourages many potential riders among the state’s nearly 40 million residents from taking public transit. […]

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Visa, Mastercard Forecast More Contactless Growth in U.S., Spurred in Part by New York Fare Payments Service

The heads of the two largest payments networks in the U.S., Visa and Mastercard, predict strong growth for contactless payments in the U.S., with Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga noting that 70% of U.S. Mastercard-branded cards in the U.S. are coming up for reissue over the next 12 to 14 months, and most of these cards will be issued with a contactless interface. A large number of Visa-branded cards will be reissued with a contactless interface during that period, as well. […]

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Transit Payments Company Head: Apple and Google Positioned to Take Bigger Piece of Payments Industry

The head of transit payments gateway and processor Littlepay said he believes that Apple and Google are well-positioned to take a “big bite out of the payment chain,” which could change their relationship with payments networks Visa and Mastercard from one of collaboration to one of competition. […]

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