Projectsort icon City Service Provider Mobile Operator
U.S.: Discover Financial to Trial iPhone Attachment with Employees Chicago and Salt Lake City Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Discover Launches Contactless Zip Stickers United States Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Discover Pursues Contactless-Mobile Strategy With Sticker Trial Chicago and Salt Lake City Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Early Test In Texas Is Prelude To More Trials Irving, Texas JPMorgan Chase (MasterCard PayPass) AT&T Wireless
U.S.: Early Trial Pairs Discover With Motorola Chicago Discover Financial Services (Zip) N/A
U.S.: Fast-food Chain Tests Contactless Loyalty Stickers Rochester, Indiana Dairy Queen (Tetherball loyalty program) N/A
U.S.: Go-Tag Sticker Gets C-Store Debut Pennsylvania and other locations First Data (Visa payWave through MetaBank) N/A
U.S.: Google Expands NFC-Enabled Places Service Portland, Austin, Las Vegas, Madison, Charlotte Google (Google Places) N/A
U.S.: Google Launches NFC Wallet to Deliver Payment and Offers New York and San Francisco, other cities
Citigroup (MasterCard PayPass)
Google (Google Prepaid card, PayPass)
The Bancorp Bank (issues virtual prepaid card used for cloud-based payment)
Google (Google Offers)
U.S. Cellular
Virgin Mobile USA (MVNO owned by Sprint)
U.S.: HSBC Tests NFC With Internal Pilot New York and Chicago HSBC U.S. credit card unit (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
U.S.: Internal Trial Attempts PayPass Downloads Wilmington Bank of America (MasterCard PayPass)
U.S.: Isis to Launch First Pilot with Transit and Payment in Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, Austin
JPMorgan Chase
Capital One
American Express
Barclaycard US
Utah Transit Authority
AT&T (Isis)
Verizon Wireless (Isis)
T-Mobile USA (Isis)
U.S.: Large American Bank to Test Contactless Payment with microSDs New York Bank of America (Visa payWave) N/A
U.S.: M-payment Start-up Moves to Contactless Stickers Rexburg, Idaho Citizens Community Bank (closed-loop payment) (current phase) N/A
U.S.: Multiapp Trial Involves Transit Agency, Fast-Food Restaurant San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART transit application), Jack in the Box (stored-value payment via First Data, smart poster service) Sprint
U.S.: NFC-Enabled Magazine Print Ad Lets Users ‘Test Drive’ Dashboard App Service NYC, N. Calif., LA, Boston, Md., Wash., D.C., Dallas, Austin, S. Florida Wired magazine (Lexus advertisement) N/A
U.S.: Nokia and New York Transit Authority to Test Tag-based Ticketing New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Long Island Rail Road) (Network-based ticket) N/A
U.S.: Small Telco, Handset Maker Trial NFC Jackson and Memphis Bank of America (MasterCard PayPass) Cellular South
U.S.: Trial Tests Payment and Content Downloads at Stadium Atlanta JPMorgan Chase (Visa contactless credit) Cingular (now AT&T)
U.S.: U.S. Bank Tests PayPass Spokane U.S. Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
U.S.: U.S. Bank to Test Contactless microSD Card with payWave Onboard Minneapolis (likely), other cities U.S. Bank (Visa payWave) N/A
U.S.: University Tests Mobile Access Control with MicroSD Cards Tempe Arizona State University N/A
U.S.: Wells Fargo Launches microSD Card Trial with Employees San Francisco Wells Fargo (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
Wells Fargo
More than 500 others
(Issuers will issue Visa payWave,
PayPass or ExpressPay
or all three)
U.S: Tiny Trial Tests Transit Ticketing Boston
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (CharlieCard)
MasterCard PayPass


‘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.

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.