Apple Pay Express Transit now supported by Japan’s PASMO card

Contactless payment system PASMO recently activated support for Apple Pay and Apple’s Express Transit feature, enabling users to utilize a range of public transportation options without unlocking their iPhone or Apple Watch.

As detailed in an explainer posted to the PASMO website, the smart IC card can be provisioned and managed in the Wallet app on devices running at least iOS 14 or watchOS 7.

Similar to JR East’s Suica transit card, PASMO can be used as a touchless payment option on buses and trains across the country. Users can also buy snacks, drinks and other items at compatible vending machines and certain shops that accept IC cards. Further, PASMO enjoys interoperability with Suica, which gained Apple Pay support in 2016.

In addition to Apple Pay integration that allows card holders to refill PASMO balances within the Wallet app, the payment system supports Apple’s Express Transit feature.

When activated in Wallet, Express Transit enables riders to simply tap their iPhone or connected Apple Watch on an active turnstile or payment point to enter train stations and buses without first unlocking the device. The functionality has been adopted by major transit authorities including New York’s MTA, the LA Metro, and Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as well as Hong Kong’s Octopus Card.

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Why Uber transit won’t work in India

a person standing next to a train station: Spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India

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Spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India

Nearly a year after launching its public transport feature in Delhi, Uber is all set to ride into its second Indian city.

The feature provides commuters with information about nearby public transit stops and real-time departure schedules.

On Sept. 17, Uber said it has partnered with Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMRL), Larsen &Toubro Metro, and the Telangana State Road Transport Corporations’ (TSRTC) bus service in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad to help riders plan their transit journey end-to-end within its app.


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The feature can help in improving urban planning as it allows governments to better manage their resources and match supply with demand. “The platforms provide a data-driven approach to knowing peak demand times and areas. This can help cities and governments better allocate public transportation to reduce crowding and serve the needs of residents,” Rajkumar Venkatesan, professor of business administration at Darden School of Business at University of Virginia, told Quartz.

While great on paper, India’s roads may not be ready for it. For one, the overcrowded buses and trains are always filled to the brim. Secondly, punctuality is a week point. Over 30% of Indian Railways’ trains ran late in 2017-18.

“To be useful, the app will need to reflect different conditions, availability of different transport modes, highly variable service quality (e.g., not running on schedule), and highly variable infrastructure in different cities and towns of India,” said Anjali Mahendra, director of research at World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. “The app will only be as useful as the reliability of the information in it. If people find they can’t trust it after a couple of trips, they will not use it.”

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