Singapore's public transport to accept payments via Apple Pay, Android Pay next year

Nurdianah Md Nur

Person tapping card to reader. Credit: LTA
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Commuters in Singapore will be able to pay for public transport using their mobile phones from the first quarter of 2018.

They can do so via Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay, as part of an extension of Land Transport Authority's (LTA) Account-Based Ticketing pilot with Mastercard.

According to LTA, the move is spurred from the positive feedback of the trial that started in March 2017, which enabled commuters to pay for their public transport rides with their Mastercard contactless credit or debit card.

So far, more than 100,000 commuters have signed up for the service and there has been an average of 60,000 transactions daily.

Deborah Heng, Country Manager of Mastercard Singapore, said: "We are delighted with the results from the Account-Based Ticketing pilot which has been a positive experience for daily transit users, removing the hassle of topping up. We look forward to expanding the number of active Mastercard cardholders in public transportation as we work towards driving greater use of e-payments in Singapore."

Besides extending the pilot to accept mobile payments, the trial will also accept Visa and NETS cards from next June.

"NETS is today one of the most widely-used cards for everyday payments such as retail and F&B purchases and extending its use to the transit sector will make it even more convenient for commuters," said Jeffrey Goh, Chief Executive Officer, NETS.

Ooi Huey Tyng, Visa Country Manager for Singapore and Brunei, added: "We believe our Visa payWave cardholders will welcome the ability to now tap and pay for their transportation. Transit payments will help more Singaporeans realise how simple and convenient contactless payments are, and accelerate our goal of becoming a Smart Nation."