Contactless payments transform mobile bus pass programme

Gabby Fernie

Technology service provider, T-CETRA has partnered up with the Greater Dayton RTA to launch a mobile cashless and contactless bus pass solution in the Dayton market.

In the past, riders had to go out of their way to purchase a pre-paid debit card to use the mobile app. These cards come at a hefty price – initial cost, monthly fees, and transaction fees. Riders can now pay cash to load bus pass values to their RTA mobile Tapp Pay accounts. 

Tapp Pay mobile is part of RTA’s new contactless payment system, available by downloading the free Transit app on the Google or Apple App store. All buses are installed with electronic payment readers onboard, enabling customers to scan mobile passes from their Tapp Pay account and furthering the contactless payment experience.

Both partners aim to reduce the amount of daily physical interactions with onboard bus payment equipment and provide a contactless and safe experience for riders.

“We are excited about the launch of the RTA mobile payment on our VidaPay network in Dayton and hope this improves equity and access to transportation in this market" said Co-Founder of T-CETRA, Abdul Akel.