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LTA launches ‘SimplyGo’ – Contactless Bank Cards Doubling up as Travel Cards

SimplyGo allows commuters to use contactless bank cards as their travel card on public transport, removing the need to carry a separate travel card or make any upfront top-ups before travelling.

Following a successful pilot of the Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) system, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will launch SimplyGo starting with Mastercard® on 4 April 2019.

Mr Yeo Teck Guan, Senior Group Director, Public Transport, LTA, said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of SimplyGo and the full acceptance of Mastercard on public transport. SimplyGo widens the range of payment options available to commuters. Users will be able to tap in and out with their contactless cards, and also use mobile devices linked to Mastercard.”

SimplyGo will include all Mastercard contactless bank cards. LTA is working closely with Visa, and expect them to be part of SimplyGo by later this year. Towards the end of the year, commuters without contactless bank cards can also enjoy benefits of SimplyGo, by upgrading their existing travel cards such as Concession Cards, ez-link or NETS FlashPay cards.

With SimplyGo, all Mastercard contactless card users will not need to pre-register their Mastercard for public transport rides. Participants of the pilot started in March 2017 can continue to use the same Mastercard to travel with SimplyGo. Service ambassadors will be deployed at train stations to assist commuters during the initial launch.

A One-stop Solution for Commuters’ Transit Needs

With a SimplyGo account, commuters can enjoy the convenient tracking and viewing of their travel expenditure and history on-the-go. Registered users of contactless bank cards can also opt to receive push notifications for fares after each trip is completed using the TL SimplyGo mobile app on their smartphones.

Commuters can access their account at the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal (simplygo.com.sg) or via the TL SimplyGo mobile app which will also offer concession card-related services and transit information.

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