Philadelphia Transit System Plans Support for Apple Pay

By Anna Breuer on 17 December 2019
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Paying for a ride on the Subway-Surface trolley line in Philly will soon get a lot easier.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, the regional public transportation authority in and around Philadelphia, announced that it will upgrade fare boxes and turnstiles with Apple Pay-compatible equipment.

The $4.3 million project, which encompasses 4,226 entry points to the system, will begin to roll out in 2020, although the agency didn’t specify a specific timetable.  The system will work similarly to those already in use in major cities throughout the world.

To use the new system with an Apple iPhone or Apple Watch, users will have to activate the Express Transit feature in Settings. The feature is available in iOS 12.3 and watchOS 5.2.1 or later and is supported on iPhone SE and 6S or newer phones and Series 1 and Series 2 or later watches.

Once Express Transit is turned on, it will not be necessary to authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID when transiting a turnstile.

Apple Pay is already available on portions of the New York City subway system and available in multiple other cities including London, Moscow, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

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