New York and New Jersey in contactless transit trial

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MasterCard has teamed up with local transport agencies in New York and New Jersey on a six month contactless payments trial. Participants will be able to pay for train and bus journeys by tapping their cards or waving mobile devices in front of readers.

MasterCard is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) and NJ Transit (NJT) on the pilot programme, which began on 1 June, covering selected train and bus routes.

Participants will be able to choose either a Pre-Fund or Pay-As-You-Go fare option. All fares purchased using a PayPass-enabled card or device will be automatically added to customers’ credit or debit accounts.

The pilot is an extension of a trial launched in 2006 by MasterCard, MTA and Citi.