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By adding and using the SmarTrip mobile app on Google Pay, riders can experience a touch-free, safer way to pay via their virtual Mifare transit card.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is introducing mobile fare payments for Android users in the DC Metro area.
NXP Semiconductors’ Mifare 2Go service is integrated with Google Pay, allowing riders to use virtual Mifare product-based transit cards on their Android smartphones for touchless transit payment and access to Metro train stations and buses.
By adding and using the transit authority’s SmarTrip mobile app on Google Pay, riders can experience a touch-free, safer way to pay for transit via their virtual Mifare transit card. For added convenience, riders can also purchase and top-up their virtual cards without standing in line at a fare vending machine.
“We’re pleased to deliver a new level of convenience and simplicity for our customers. If you already have an NFC-enabled smartphone, you already have everything you need to simply tap and go,” said Paul Wiedefeld, general manager and CEO, Metro.
“Thanks to NXP’s Mifare 2Go solution Metro’s customers will have an easy mobile fare payment option on their Android phone.”
“Commuters using SmarTrip can now use Google Pay as their ticket to ride public transport in the DC area, making commuting less stressful”
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority claims to be one of the busiest rapid-transit systems in the US, connecting Washington DC with the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Metro and all other regional transit providers serve a population of more than four million in the DC area.
Paul Monk, senior product director, mobile, of Cubic Transportation Systems, the San Diego-based company behind the digitisation project and SmarTrip system, said: “Cubic’s mobile solution builds on the highly scalable and flexible Mifare 2Go cloud platform and Google Pay to digitise the SmarTrip card, deliver mobile-benefits to WMATA riders and make riding public transit a convenient experience.”
“We want to make everyday things fast and easy with Google Pay,” added Alan Stapelberg, product manager, Google Pay. “Commuters using SmarTrip can now use Google Pay as their ticket to ride public transport in the DC area, making commuting less stressful.”
According to NXP, mobile transit enablement is part of its mission to bring seamless and connected experiences to consumers. NXP reports, across the world, it has enabled several successful mobile transit implementations as well as proven, scalable transport ticketing installations.
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