Israel Railways has launched a two-month contactless payment pilot program, aiming to soon enable all rail users to “tap and go” with their credit card rather than purchase a ticket or use a preloaded Rav-Kav smartcard.
Upgraded barriers at major stations across the country will enable contactless payment and billing for participants in the pilot program through an EMV contact chip included in new credit cards.
The pilot, in collaboration with Isracard and available to the credit card company’s employees, is now underway at the Tel Aviv HaHagana, Tel Aviv HaShalom, Ashdod Ad Halom, Ashkelon, Binyamina, Netanya, Rehovot, Lod, Yavne East and Modi’in Center railway stations. Upgraded barriers will be added at Be’er Ya’acov in the coming days.
“Israel Railways invests considerable resources in integrating advanced technologies, improving services and saving time,” the company said.
“Recently, another pilot was successfully implemented, which includes automatic compensation in case of delay loaded directly into the Rav-Kav smartcard. A real-time train-crowding index is also available on the website and application.
“In the coming months, this pilot will be examined and the outcome will decide whether to expand it to other stations and the general public.”