The city of Sao Paulo announced on Thursday (12) that it is starting a pilot project for contactless payment of bus fares : it is possible to use credit, debit and prepaid cards , mobile phones, smartwatches or wristbands with NFC. The initiative involves the Mastercard, Elo and Visa flags; In this first phase, the technology will be present in about 200 municipal vehicles operating on 12 lines. However, it does not offer single ticket tariff integration.
The system is compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay digital wallets . Cards issued in Brazil or abroad are accepted ; 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 $ 4.30 will be charged. There will be no fare integration : if the passenger takes another bus, will have to pay another R $ 4.30; The same goes for subway and train. The Single Ticket will continue to exist.
For security , contactless cards allow you to make payments of up to $ 50 without entering a password, maximum 5 times a day; therefore, the bus validator does not even have a password keypad. In the case of mobile, 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 500,000 transactions. “Maybe in the future this will become the main form of use here in São Paulo,” Mayor Bruno Covas told 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 v Union of Vl. New
- 4031/10 – Metro Tamanduateí / Pq. St. Madalena
- 6030/10 – Term Sto. Amaro / UNISA – Campus 1
- 917M / 10 – Ana Rosa Metro / Morro Grande
- 2002/10 – Term Flag / Tue. Why D. Pedro II
- 715M / 10 – Some. of Gunpowder / Jd. Maria Luiza
- 908T / 10 – Butantã / Pq. D. Pedro II
- 9300/10 – Tue. D. Pedro II / Tue. Green house
- 9500/10 – Courier Part / Term Cachoeirinha
- 5129/10 – Term Guarapiranga / Jd. Miriam
- 807M / 10 – Shop. Morumbi / Term Clean camp
- 675R / 10 – Subway Jabaquara / Grajaú
Jundiaí and Rio de Janeiro adopt contactless payment
One of the biggest examples of this technology’s success is London: 55% of trips made on the UK’s subway are paid via NFC. This corresponds to over 21.6 million uses each week. New York, Sydney, and Miami have also adopted public transit approach payment.
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 Sao Paulo, it is not possible to use local single ticket integration; When getting on another bus, you must pay another fare.
In Rio de Janeiro, you can use NFC cards and cell phones to buy subway tickets . This form of payment does not allow taking advantage of the tariff integration with other modes offered by the Carioca Single Ticket or the Single Intercity Ticket.
Since the beginning of 2018, however, subway and bus integration in the state capital has been restricted to a few express lines and some BRT stations . On the remaining municipal lines, everyone pays the full fare, even with the single ticket.