Project Citysort icon Service Provider Mobile Operator
Netherlands: JCB Trial Tests International Contactless App Amsterdam JCB (J/Speedy) KPN
U.S.: Trial Tests Payment and Content Downloads at Stadium Atlanta JPMorgan Chase (Visa contactless credit) Cingular (now AT&T)
U.S.: Bank of America launches Second M-Payment Trial with microSD Cards Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Charlotte, Dallas Bank of America (Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass) N/A
France: Transit Operator Takes Lead In French NFC Trial Aubagne and Bouches-du-Rhône Region (Dept.) Veolia Transport Various
New Zealand: Airline Uses Stickers To Speed Boarding Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington Air New Zealand (ePass boarding pass) None
New Zealand: Vodafone and Bank Launch Employee Trial with Galaxy S II Auckland, Wellington Bank of New Zealand (Visa payWave) Vodafone New Zealand
Australia: Bank Launches iPhone App Supporting Contactless and P2P Payments Australia Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Outdoor NFC Campaign Promotes Australian Launch of Zero Dark Thirty Australia Vizeum, for Icon Films (Promotion of film) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank to Add Galaxy S5 as part of Groundbreaking Embedded Chip Project Australia Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Mastercard PayPass) None
Australia: Westpac Poised to Launch payWave on Samsung Embedded Chips Australia Westpac (Visa payWave) None
Australia Credit Union Gets First to the Starting Gate In Asia-Pac for HCE Payments Australia CUA (Visa payWave) N/A
Austria: Bank Plans Launch of payWave on microSDs and iPhone Sleeves Austria Raiffeisen Bank International (Visa payWave) N/A
India: Citi Goes For Scale With Bangalore Trial Bangalore Citibank (MasterCard PayPass) Vodafone Essar
Thailand: Closed-Loop Payment Test In Bangkok Bangkok Payzy (e-purse) N/A
Thailand: Bank Launches Mobile payWave Trial Bangkok Kasikornbank (Visa payWave) None
Thailand: Bangkok Bank Holds Small payWave Trial Bangkok Bangkok Bank (Visa payWave) AIS
Thailand: Telco Issues Contactless SIMs for e-Money and Other Services Bangkok True Group (TrueMoney, other) TrueMove
Thailand: Bank and Telco Hold Follow-Up NFC Trial Bangkok Kasikornbank (Visa payWave) AIS
China: Unicom Offers Beijing’s Transit-Payment Service on a SIM Beijing Beijing Municipal Administration and Communications Card Co. (BMAP card) China Unicom (Beijing)
Germany: Bank Plans Employee Trial with iPhone and microSDs Berlin and Frankfurt Landesbank Berlin (Visa payWave) N/A
Germany: Three Telcos Join National Railway In Touch&Travel Project Berlin and other cities Deutsche Bahn and other public transit agencies (transit ticketing)
Vodafone Germany
T-Mobile (phase 2)
Telefónica 02 Germany (phase 2)
France: Trial Puts Contactless Version of Moneo E-Purse on Phones Besançon Credit Agricole and BMS (Moneo e-purse)
France: SIM-Based Security Passes to Get Test Run at French Airport Blagnac Toulouse-Blagnac airport (airport security pass) France Telecom-Orange
France: Internal Trial Prelude To Canceled Precommercial Launch Bordeaux Veolia Transport (transit ticket) France Telecom-Orange
France: Contactless E-Purse Gets Tryout in Bordeaux Bordeaux
Moneo Payment Solutions (Moneo e-purse)
City of Bordeaux (access to city facilities, information for tags)
France Telecom-Orange

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Unlike other major transit agencies in the U.S., which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars replacing or upgrading their fare-collection systems, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken a different approach.

UK Bus Operator Go-Ahead Reports Cash Usage has Plummeted Because of Covid, While Contactless Transactions have Surged

The Go-Ahead Group, one of the big five privately owned public bus operators in the UK, said today it has seen cash usage on board the nearly 3,000 buses it runs in England outside of London fall to 23% of transactions, down from 53% three years ago.

Transit Operator Arriva Launches MaaS App in Netherlands; Hints at Expansion to Other European Countries

Arriva, one of the largest private transit operators in Europe, has launched a mobility-as-a-service app in the Netherlands, using white-label software from Israel-based trip-planning app provider

Cal-ITP: Agencies in California Could Hold ‘Several More’ Open-Loop Fare Payments Pilots

The California Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, is “on track to have at least several more” open-loop pilots or demonstration projects, a spokeswoman for the program told Mobility Payments.

Exclusive: Australia’s Transport for New South Wales Sees ‘Significant Increase’ in Use of Mobile Wallets by Riders

Mobile wallets now make up more than half of all contactless payments for Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, the agency confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Start-Up Aims to Encourage More Taxi Drivers to Accept Bank Cards for Fares in Turkey

A Turkish start-up hopes to entice more taxi drivers to accept contactless credit and debit cards using SoftPOS terminals on Android smartphones, under a scheme being rolled out by the local fintec

Moscow Metro Launches Test of Facial Recognition Fare Payments Ahead of Rollout; Agency Says Masks Can Slow Verification

Moscow Metro announced that it is officially testing facial recognition-based fare payments at turnstiles, with plans to roll out the technology by the end of the year.

Major Transit Agency to Test Virtual Closed-Loop Cards with Google Pay

Aug 8 2021

Moscow Metro is launching a trial of a virtual version of its closed-loop Troika card that will be added to the Google Pay wallet, the agency announced Wednesday.

WMATA in D.C. Rolling Out New Terminals but has No Immediate Plans to Support Open Loop

The Washington (D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last month started to replace 1,200 aging fare gates for its 91-station metro system and starting next year will do the same with 20-plus year-old fareboxes on board 1,500 buses, including upgraded readers for its closed-loop SmarTrip cards.

Visa Touts Growth in Contactless, Continues to Push Open-Loop Payments

Visa reported this week that contactless payments continued to climb as a percentage of all face-to-face transactions with its brand, mainly at retail, and among the uses the network is continuing to push for contactless is to pay for transit fares.

MaaS Global CEO: Transit Agencies Should Not Control MaaS Platforms

Sampo Hietanen, founder and CEO of Finland-based MaaS Global, agrees with most other industry experts that public transit should form the “core” of the mobility services on offer in any MaaS app or platform. But he contends that it would be a mistake for the agency itself to control the platform.

Case Study: German City First to Go Live with Check-in/be-out System in Country

Despite the growing popularity of contactless, NFC and QR-code technologies for electronic fare-collection, some transit agencies are experimenting with other technologies to collect fares.