First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The Land Transport Authority
(LTA) in Singapore is to launch an account-based ticketing system which will allow commuters to pay for public transport via Mastercard from 4 April.
LTA says the SimplyGo system will allow card users to also keep track of travel expenditure and history by registering for an account of the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal, available online and via the SimplyGo mobile app.
Yeo Teck Guan, senior group director, public transport at LTA, says: “SimplyGo widens the range of payment options available to commuters. Users will be able to tap in and out with their contactless cards, and also use mobile devices linked to Mastercard.”
According to LTA, SimplyGo removes the need for riders to pre-register their Mastercard contactless card to enable public transport rides. Service ambassadors will be deployed at train stations to assist commuters during the launch.
Looking ahead, LTA expects to add Visa to SimplyGo later this year. Commuters without contactless bank cards will be able to upgrade existing Concession cars, Ez-link or NETS FlashPay cards by the end of the year.