New Yorkers will soon be able to pay for their daily journeys using a contactless fares system derived from the one designed and built in-house by Transport for London.
Contactless fares were first introduced on the capital’s bus fleet in 2012 and were expanded to DLR, Overground, Tube and national rail services in 2014, since when millions of passengers have ditched their Oyster cards and paper tickets and embraced the technology.
The app, which can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, allows customers to register their MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards and pay for goods of services by tapping the phone on the contactless card reader.
The two firms are enabling shared customers to link their PayPal account to Vodafone Pay, the network’s in-house electronic ‘wallet’ app.
As a bespoke, custom-built platform it has inherent advantages over the modified stock payment systems which commercial software providers offered to TfL and hawk around to other cities.