São Paulo announces payment on the bus with cell phone or NFC card – Brazil

The city of Sao Paulo announced on Thursday (12) that it is starting a pilot project for contactless payment of bus fares: You can use credit, debit and prepaid cards, cell phones, smartwatches or NFC wristbands. The initiative involves the Mastercard, Elo and Visa banners; in this first phase, the technology will be present in approximately 200 municipal vehicles operating on 12 lines. However, it does not offer the single ticket tariff integration.

NFC on buses in São Paulo

The system is compatible with digital wallets Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. Are accepted cards issued in Brazil or abroad; this way, the 2 million foreign tourists who visit São Paulo each year will be able to use their cards to pay the bus fare.

To pay for the bus ticket with a contactless card, just touch it to the validator and pass the turnstile. The current rate of R $ 4.30 will be charged. There will be no tariff integration: if the passenger takes another bus, he will have to pay an additional R $ 4.30; the same goes for metro and train. The Single Ticket will continue to exist.

As for the safety, contactless cards allow you to make payments of up to R $ 50 without entering a password, a maximum of 5 times a day; therefore, the bus validator does not even have a keyboard for the password. In the case of the cell phone, you will have to unlock the device via digital or Face ID to release Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay.

The pilot project will last for three months or until it reaches the limit of 500 thousand transactions. “Perhaps, in the future, this will become the main form of use here in São Paulo,” said Mayor Bruno Covas at an event.

These are the 12 lines participating in the first phase of the project, covering about 200 buses:

  • 2590/10 – Pq. D. Pedro II / União de Vl. New
  • 4031/10 – Tamanduateí Metro / Pq. Sta. Madalena
  • 6030/10 – Term. Sto. Amaro / UNISA – Campus 1
  • 917M / 10 – Metro Ana Rosa / Morro Grande
  • 2002/10 – Term Flag / Ter. Why. D. Pedro II
  • 715M / 10 – Lgo. Pólvora / Jd. Maria Luiza
  • 908T / 10 – Butantã / Pq. D. Pedro II
  • 9300/10 – Tue. Pq. D. Pedro II / Ter. Green house
  • 9500/10 – Pça. Do Correio / Term. Waterfall
  • 5129/10 – Term. Guarapiranga / Jd. Miriam
  • 807M / 10 – Shop. Morumbi / Term. Clean camp
  • 675R / 10 – Jabaquara / Grajaú Metro

Buses in São Paulo

Jundiaí and Rio de Janeiro adopt contactless payment

One of the greatest examples of the success of this technology is London: 55% of the trips made on the British capital’s tube are paid via NFC. This corresponds to more than 21.6 million uses each week. New York, Sydney and Miami also adopted payment for approach in public transport.

The city of Jundiaí (SP) was the first in Latin America to implement the contactless payment system in 100% of the bus fleet. As in São Paulo, it is not possible to use the local single ticket integration; when entering another bus, it is necessary to pay another fare.

In Rio de Janeiro, it is possible to use cards and cell phones with NFC to buy metro tickets. This form of payment does not allow you to take advantage of the tariff integration with other modes, offered by the Single Carioca Ticket or Single Intermunicipal Ticket.

However, since the beginning of 2018, the integration between subways and buses in the capital of Rio de Janeiro has been restricted to a few express integration lines and the some BRT stations. On the remaining municipal lines, everyone pays the full fare, even with the single ticket.

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