From the earliest days when a mobile device could be imagined to pay for things, public transportation was always seen as a natural application. While plans are in the works that enable both NFC contactless payments and card-not-present payments via apps and barcodes, implementations have been in short supply. On Tuesday, Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS)—the company behind London’s Oyster Card and an open mobile payment system in Chicago—revealed it had been chosen by Miami to modernize its transit payment system. Under the $33 million contract, CTS will implement a fare system for the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) that will enable commuters to tap and go with Apple Pay, Android Pay, Masterpass and others. For phones that are not NFC-enabled, the transit system’s app will let riders pay online and scan a QR code at the gate.
“Seamless travel remains a priority for the Department of Transportation and Public Works, and what this project with Cubic will deliver are options to enrich the traveller experience through open and mobile payments,” said Alice Bravo, director of DTPW. “It’s important for our transit system to incorporate the latest technologies, so this agreement represents another way that we are moving forward into the future of transportation. Our customers will be able to take advantage of a progressively broader range of service enhancements as they roll out in stages over the course of the next eight to 18 months.”