Google Pay presenting to San Francisco rail users quickly

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Android users will quickly have the ability to utilize their phones to spend for transit cards in cities such as San Francisco after Cubic Transportation Systems signed a contract with Google Pay, the search giant’s contactless payment system, on Monday.

Cubic states Bay Area guests will have the ability to “add transit cards to Google Pay, securely reload funds and purchase tickets directly from their mobile device — eliminating the need for a physical transit card.” It didn’t provide a timeframe for the rollout.

The brand-new Google Pay arrangement likewise extends the abilities of present systems in usage in cities such as New York, Miami and London. 

“Working with Cubic will help us simplify the commute for Google Pay users in several major transit systems — including support for Clipper cards in the San Francisco Bay Area,” stated Ambarish Kenghe, director of item management for Google Pay. 

Clipper Cards are contactless cards presently in usage on on all significant Bay Area transit systems, consisting of BART. 

New York, on the other hand, remains in the procedure of presenting the OMNY system, however transit cards will not be readily available till “every subway station, bus route and the Staten Island Railway is outfitted with this new technology,” according to the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It anticipates that to occur by 2023.

Cubic presented contactless payments in New York to Apple Pay and after that Google Pay users on a per-ride basis previously this year. The OMNY system presently runs on the 4, 5 and 6 trains in between 42nd St and Barclays Center.


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