Mastercard is partnering with transportation solutions provider Cubic Transportation Systems, along with the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) to enable tap-and-go payments at Miami’s Metrorail stations, Mastercard said in a press release on Wednesday (Aug. 21).
The Metrobus service will be added later this year, assisting the millions of travelers using public transportation in the city.
“My administration has been clearly focused on incorporating innovative technologies to make public transportation both hassle-free and appealing,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The launch of contactless payment for our transit riders marks a great step forward for Miami-Dade County.”
Mastercard is also working with DTPW to integrate tap-and-go payments with rideshare services to optimize connections to and from train stations and bus stops.
“We strive to make it easier to use transit. Now, you can tap your phone or card and go! Tapping to pay with a contactless-enabled bank card or digital wallet meets the high consumer expectations in today’s age of convenience,” said DTPW Director Alice N. Bravo, P.E.
Aside from Miami, Mastercard is working to transform transit ticketing in more than 20 U.S. cities.
“Transit is serving as an important catalyst to drive the use of contactless payments in the U.S.,” said Linda Kirkpatrick, executive vice president, U.S. merchants and acceptance, Mastercard. “When commuters use contactless payments for transit, there’s a halo effect on nearby contactless-enabled merchants, especially coffee shops, grocery stores and pharmacies. Mastercard’s long-standing support and investment in transit solutions make it uniquely positioned to drive this transformation.”
Commuters in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington have contactless payment options thanks to an alliance between Mastercard and Apple. TriMet, the region’s biggest transit provider, enabled electronic fare card readers to accept contactless bank cards, credit cards and debit cards in the Apple Wallet to ride buses, trains and streetcars. Since then, according to Mastercard, Portland has been able to eliminate 210,000 daily car trips and saved more than $150 million in congestion expenses.