Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and MasterCard are set to roll out a pilot of the account-based ticketing (ABT) system for public transport by allowing the usage of contactless credit and debit cards for fare payments.
The trial, which will commence on 20 March 2017, will be applicable for all public bus and train rides.
Travellers, who own Singapore-issued MasterCard contactless credit or debit cards, can register their interest on the TransitLink ABT portal. It is believed that approximately 100,000 commuters would participate in the pilot.
By simply tapping their MasterCard contactless credit or debit card on the bus or MRT fare readers, the cardholders who are enrolled in the pilot will be able to enjoy a ‘tap and go’ fare payment experience.
The facility will eliminate the hassle of having to carry and constantly top up a separate fare card. Instead, the commuters will be charged for their public transport rides in their credit or debit card through the TransitLink ABT Portal or Mobile Services app. Additionally, they can track their journey and fare payment history.
LTA CEO Ngien Hoon Ping said: “We are pleased to partner MasterCard in this pilot. Singapore is one of the first few cities in the world to test this fare payment system for public transport.
“LTA is committed to leveraging technology advancements to provide more convenience to account-based ticketing using contactless credit or debit cards will add another option to how commuters can pay for their public transport rides.”