More Cities Look to Roll Out Open-Loop
Open-loop payments are to be introduced by bus operators in 33 small to mid-tier cities throughout Greece, with the first bus agency aiming to introduce the service in June 2022. The solutions provider for the ticketing validators and back-office infrastructure, AMCO, confirmed that the first city in line to accept contactless payment cards will be Larissa, one of Greece’s five largest cities, with the aim for other cities to follow including Patras and several tourist cities, such as Rhodes, Corfu, and areas of Crete.
Similarly, bus travelers in Cannes, France, are now able to make contactless fare payments with their payment card or leverage mobile payments with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or Samsung Pay. The operator, Palm Bus, has rolled out the open loop contactless ticketing system on more than 200 buses across its network, enabling passengers to pay their fares by using their contactless enabled device on an on-board validator without requiring registering or purchase a proprietary transit card.
Meanwhile, the transit authority of Vancouver, TransLink, has finalized…
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