The new payment solution will include smart transit transfers and eventually be able to include more features such as contactless debit card payments and additional credit card types.
The Société de transport de Laval (STL), the public transit system in the city of Laval, Québec, has named its partners for the roll-out of a new scalable payment solution on all Laval buses.
Flowbird will supply the contactless payment terminals and the operating system and will team with Moneris to coordinate the transactions. The project is supported and funded by the ARTM regional metropolitan transit authority and, according to STL, will make it possible to fit out its entire fleet of buses with the system as early as summer 2021.
“We are extremely proud of the team we have assembled for this ambitious project focused on modernising public transit payment systems across the province,” said Éric Morasse, STL board president.
“Contactless payments foster impulse decisions to take the bus and instantly offset some of the main obstacles to using the bus, especially when transiting from different transport modes: How much does it cost? Where can I buy a bus ticket? More than ever, given the current situation, we need to do our utmost to keep public transit top-of-mind with Laval commuters.”
This initiative follows in the footsteps of the pilot project, which is still underway after being launched in 2017 jointly with Mouvement Desjardins. Mouvement Desjardins is pulling out as a payment solution provider for public transit. The agreement between the STL and Mouvement Desjardins ends 31 October 2021.
“In Laval, occasional riders will no longer need to purchase a bus pass in advance or find a ticket vending machine”
As with the current system, the new payment solution will accept Visa and Mastercard payments and will be compatible with most smartphone contactless payment applications. More modern and scalable than its predecessor, the new payment solution will include smart transit transfers and eventually be able to include more features such as contactless debit card payments and additional credit card types.
“Contactless bank cards have become the most popular means of paying for everyday purchases. Open Payment by Flowbird makes it possible to use your bank card as a bus pass. “In Laval, occasional riders will no longer need to purchase a bus pass in advance or find a ticket vending machine,” said Bertrand Barthelemy, CEO, Flowbird.
“These payment solutions greatly facilitate travel. And it’s all contactless, which users find reassuring during these pandemic times. Our solution is tried and proven and includes infinite possibilities to add new ticketing features in the next few years.”
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