Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXP) launched SmarTrip® on Google Pay, delivering a simple, contactless way for WMATA riders to pay for their journeys on trains or buses. WMATA riders can add their SmarTrip card to Google Pay and use their NFC-enabled Android™ phone for payment, eliminating the need for a physical SmarTrip card.
“Addressing mobility challenges with innovative technology is at the heart of everything we do at Cubic,” said Jeff Lowinger, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. “SmarTrip on Google Pay offers a seamless and convenient traveler experience by allowing transit riders to manage every aspect of their journey on their mobile device, from purchasing tickets to paying for their trips on a bus or train.”
Users can conveniently purchase a SmarTrip mobile card and reload funds directly from their Android phone, rather than standing in line at a ticket vending machine. To use Google Pay on public transit, riders just need to wake their phone and hold it to the faregate, with no need to open the app or unlock their device.
WMATA serves 91 rail stations and operates 1,500 buses, providing service to a population of approximately four million within a 1,500-square mile area in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.