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Israel public transit providers move to mobile payment

The Moovit and Pango app will calculate passenger’s trips at the end of every month and charge them retroactively according to the most economical fare combination.

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Passengers in cities like Haifa will benefit from better travel planning and easier payments
Passengers in cities like Haifa will benefit from better travel planning and easier payments

Two of Israel’s popular transportation apps, Moovit and Pango, have joined forces in a bid to provide a public transportation solution in the country that passengers can pay for through an all-in-one app.

 

As a result of the move, riders will be able to pay for public transit tickets via the Moovit app, without having to buy and top up a Rav Kav card in advance, while eliminating the need to use change to pay for bus tickets will enable frequent and infrequent public transportation riders.

 

The mobile payment solution will be available on all buses in Israel and on Israel Railways and the Carmelit in Haifa. Pango’s role in this solution is to provide the technology for user accounts and payment clearing.

 

Calculating trips

 

The app will calculate passenger’s trips at the end of every month and charge them retroactively according to the most economical fare combination. The fare for each trip is calculated according to a new formula set by the Ministry of Transportation. It calculates the cost of the trip based on the distance travelled between six zones, with a daily spending cap and a discount on a monthly spending cap.

 

Using the app, there will be no need for passengers to commit in advance to a monthly, weekly or daily pass. They will only pay at the end of the month on the actual rides taken, according to the partners. Those entitled to reduced rates, such as youth, students, senior citizens and the disabled, will continue to enjoy them, by submitting an application for the discount on the app.

 

“The launch of mobile payment in Moovit is an important milestone for public transportation in Israel,” said Yovav Meydad, chief growth and marketing officer, Moovit.

“The launch of mobile payment in Moovit is an important milestone for public transportation in Israel”

“From our vast global experience, we know that making transportation more accessible, as part of mobility-as-a-service, increases riders’ satisfaction and ultimately their loyal ridership. Moovit now has everything one needs to plan, pay, and ride – all from one app – which makes getting around more convenient and efficient.”

 

Beyond this new mobile payment and ticketing solution, Moovit will continue to provide public and shared transportation information on all travel routes in Israel, as well as multi-modal routes including taxis, bicycles, shared scooters, car pools and more.

 

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