NFC Transit Ticketing to Go live in Chicago and Washington
Transportation authorities have announced the use of NFC payments in Chicago and Washington DC in the coming years, which means passengers in the two cities will be able to use their NFC phones to pay for the tickets. New York is also to get contactless transit cards, but it’s not yet known whether NFC phone payments will also be supported.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is currently testing an NFC mobile ticketing solution that will work on both trains and buses. The test is being conducted with a limited number of the NFC devices currently on the market. No date has yet been set for when the service will go live but “an announcement could come later this year,” the CTA says.
The other city, Washington, is upgrading its existing fare payment system for more payment options including NFC mobile payments, EMV chip-enabled bank cards and federal government ID cards.
“The new technology will provide more flexibility for accounts, better reliability for riders and real choices for customers to use bank-issued payment cards, credit cards, ID cards, or mobile phones to pay their Metro fares,” says Metro general manager and CEO Richard Sarles.
In New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is to go live with a replacement for its current MetroCard system in 2019. The new ticketing system will use contactless NFC or RFID cards, produced and distributed by a third party, and is designed to save the MTA money as well as eliminate swipe errors.