Project Citysort icon Service Provider Mobile Operator
Switzerland: Trial Tests Idea of NFC Payment Without POS Terminals Zurich e24 AG (mobile payment) Swisscom
Switzerland: Banks Test Mobile payWave Among Employees Zurich
Credit Suisse (Visa payWave)
PostFinance (Visa payWave)
Swisscom
China: First NFC Trial In China Tests Transit Purse Xiamen E-Tong Card (Transit fare collection) China Mobile
U.S.: Internal Trial Attempts PayPass Downloads Wilmington Bank of America (MasterCard PayPass)
Austria: Merchants Tap Phones To Activate and Redeem Gift Vouchers Wels City of Wels (Coupons/gift vouchers) mobilkom Austria
New Zealand: Transit Fare-Collection Operator and Telco Launch NFC Service Wellington Snapper 2degrees
Poland: PayWave Issuer to Launch NFC-Payment Trial Warsaw, Wroclaw and Poznan Bank Zachodni WBK (Visa payWave) Polkomtel
Poland: Telco and Bank Beat Rivals to Launch Country’s First NFC Trial Warsaw Inteligo (MasterCard PayPass) PTC
Poland: Bank Trials iPhone Attachment with Visa payWave Warsaw Bre Bank (mBank and MultiBank retail brands) (Visa payWave) N/A
Austria: ‘Rollout’ Uses NFC Reader Mode To Sell Tickets and Snacks Vienna
Austrian national railway (ticketing)
Vienna transport authority (ticketing)
Selectra (vending machine payment)
mobilkom Austria
Austria: Trial Puts Train Tickets On Embedded Chip Vienna
ÖBB
Austrian national railway (VDV-KA transit ticket)
mobilkom Austria
Austria: Telco to Launch NFC Payment Scheme, Bypassing Major Banks, Card Networks Vienna A1 (paybox NFC) A1
U.S.: Citi To Launch Contactless Sticker Rollout United States Citi (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
U.S.: Discover Launches Contactless Zip Stickers United States Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
UPDATED: U.S.: Isis Reports Higher Activations after Six Months, but Many Challenges Lie Ahead United States
American Express (ExpressPay)
Chase Bank (payWave, PayPass)
Wells Fargo (payWave)
Verizon Wireless
AT&T
T-Mobile USA
UK: Orange and Barclaycard Launch 'Quick Tap' NFC Service United Kingdom Barclaycard (MasterCard PayPass) Orange UK (Everything Everywhere)
UK: Major UK Bank Launches Large M-Payment Trial with iPhone Attachment United Kingdom NatWest (Royal Bank of Scotland Group) (Visa payWave N/A
U.S.: With Apple Pay Launch Imminent–a Rundown of Key Participants and Suppliers U.S.
American Express (ExpressPay)
Bank of America
Capital One Bank
Chase
Citi
Wells Fargo
More than 500 others
(Issuers will issue Visa payWave,
PayPass or ExpressPay
or all three)
None
Turkey: Large Telco and Bank Launch M-Payment with iPhone Attachment Turkey Yapı Kredi (Visa payWave) Turkcell
Norway: Arctic Trial Tests Mifare DESFire on Buses Tromsø Cominor (Mifare DESFire transit ticketing) Telenor
Italy: Transit Ticketing In Trento Trento Trentino Trasporti (transit fare collection) Telecom Italia
Canada: MasterCard and Bank Tests PayPass Sticker on BlackBerrys Toronto, Waterloo Bank of Montreal (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Canada: Telco Joint Venture Trials Contactless Stickers Toronto and other cities EnStream, Peoples Trust bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Bell Canada
Rogers Communications
Telus
Canada: Bell, Citi and MasterCard Join for Modest PayPass Test at the Office Toronto Citi (MasterCard PayPass) Bell Mobility
Canada: Royal Bank of Canada and Rogers Wireless Test payWave Toronto Royal Bank of Canada (Visa payWave) Rogers Wireless

HEADLINE NEWS

Exclusive: Share of Contactless Rides Paid for with Apple Pay and other Pays Wallets in Manchester More than Doubles in Two Years

Transport for Greater Manchester in the UK is the latest transit agency seeing substantial growth of contactless open-loop fare payments from NFC mobile wallets–with the percentage of its contactless tram trips paid for with Apple Pay, Google Pay and other Pays services more than doubling over the past two years, NFC Times' sister publication Mobility Payments has learned.

Fifth Transit Agency to Conduct Open-Loop Payments Trial, Testing California’s ‘Mobility Marketplace’

California transit agency Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District said it plans to launch a pilot of contactless open-loop payments in early 2022, as it seeks to increase customer convenience and reduce use of cash on board its buses, NFC Times' sister publication Mobility Payments has learned.

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 chart below).

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 i

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

Dallas Latest City in U.S. to Accept Open-Loop Fare Payments

Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, has become the latest transit agency in the U.S. to accept contactless open-loop payments, joining just four other U.S. agencies that support the technology, not counting small open-loop pilots happening in California.

While Interest is Growing in Going Cashless in U.S., Few Agencies have Accomplished the Feat So Far

The Greater Dayton RTA, which this month stopped accepting paper passes and tickets, will hit its Nov. 1 deadline to go completely cashless on board its vehicles, an agency representative confirmed to Mobility Payments.

Germany’s Largest Transit Operator Continues with Large Open-Loop Pilot on Buses; No Decision Yet on Rollout

Germany’s largest transit operator, BVG, said its pilot of contactless EMV payments extends to all of its nearly 1,500 buses, and the company has eliminated cash acceptance on board the vehicles, a spokesman confirmed to Mobility Payments. But officials in Berlin have not yet decided whether to make the contactless payments service permanent, he added.

Fairtiq App Sees Rising Usage as Covid-Era Riders Demand More ‘Touchless’ and PAYG Fare Options

Switzerland-based start-up Fairtiq said transactions for its fare-payments technology have more than double since February, as Covid-wary riders continue to seek what they consider to be more hygienic payments methods, as well as more pay-as-you-go options.

‘No Way We were Going to Ask for Half a Billion Dollars…’

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.

Apple's Digital Driver’s License Initiative Not Only One Progressing in U.S.

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Eight U.S. states will soon allow residents to store a digital version of their driver’s license or state identification card in the Apple Wallet, the tech giant announced, noting that the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, will accept the digital ID at airport security checkpoints and lanes. 

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.