GVB bus (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/LennartBolks) - Credit: GVB bus (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/LennartBolks)
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 10:34
Public transit payments with mobile phones, debit cards likely
Public transit users may soon be able to pay for a trip on bus, tram, train or subway using their debit cards or smartphones. This new methods of payments are in addition to the public transport cards. Dutch transport companies promise to introduce these payment methods in the document "Vision Pay Public Transport", AD reports. This document will be officially released later on Friday. The transport companies want to be part of the current technological developments. Their first goal is contactless payment with debit cards. "Because the technology has proven itself in London, it seems possible to realize this method of payment in the relatively short term", according to the document. Payment with a smartphone is still in development. It is much more user friendly and offers a number of advantages. By linking a smartphone with a debit card or public transport card, a traveler can get onto a bus in one pay zone and step out in another pay zone and have the traveling costs automatically calculated and deducted. A message containing the trip information and costs will be sent to the phone. This eliminates annoyances connected to the current public transport chip card, such as forgetting to check out, needing balance on the card and purchasing costs.