MTR Launches First Contactless Bank Card Payment at Entry/Exit Gates with Visa on 23 December 2023
More e-payment Options for Passengers and New Milestone in Smart Mobility
MTR Corporation announces today (13 December 2023) that contactless bank card payment for MTR rides will be launched in phases starting from 23 December 2023. Passengers will be able to use this new service initially with Visa at designated gates, while additional bank cards will be accepted for payment in the third quarter of 2024. The new e-payment option will bring greater convenience to local passengers and travellers as well as mark a key milestone in MTR's journey in smart mobility.
Ms Jeny Yeung, Managing Director – Hong Kong Transport Services of MTR Corporation (middle), together with Ms Paulina Leong, General Manager, Visa Hong Kong and Macau (left) and Mr Edgar Cheung Ka-long, Team Visa athlete and Olympic fencing gold medalist (right), announce contactless bank card payment at entry/exit gates will be launched on 23 December 2023 with Visa accepted for the initial phase.
Each station in the MTR heavy rail network (except Airport Express stations) is currently equipped with at least two entry/exit gates providing contactless bank card payment service, while stations that tourists frequently use have more new gates. Gates supporting the new payment function will be wrapped in light blue for easy identification. Starting from 23 December, passengers can tap their contactless credit card/debit card or devices such as smartphones and smart watches with payment enabled with these cards at the credit card readers on the light blue gates. The number of entry/exit gates providing the new payment function will also be gradually increased.
“The introduction of contactless bank card payment at entry/exit gates is a key milestone in our journey in smart mobility as it signifies fully electronic payment for MTR trips. We provide diverse payment options including Octopus, contactless bank card, QR code and Single Journey Smart Ticket for the convenience of passengers, catering to the needs of different passenger groups, as MTR further provides quality service with a ‘smart railway’,” said Ms Jeny Yeung, Managing Director – Hong Kong Transport Services of MTR Corporation.
Following the introduction of contactless bank card payment service in the heavy rail network accepting Visa credit and debit cards, e-payment service has also been added to all Customer Service Centres at MTR stations1. The second phase of contactless bank card payment will be launched in the third quarter of 2024 and additional bank cards will be accepted for e-payment. The Corporation also aims to upgrade the entry/exit gates of the Airport Express and launch contactless bank card payment in 2026 at the earliest. The entire asset renewal plan for the automatic fare collection system is expected to be completed in 2028 with all gates across the MTR network fully enhanced.
Contactless bank card payment is part of MTR Corporation’s asset renewal for its automatic fare collection system with over HK$1.3 billion invested in the long-term renewal plan. This includes progressively upgrading more than 2,400 entry/exit gates in the heavy rail network and adding e-payment to Customer Service Centres at all MTR stations in the heavy rail network.
“We are thrilled to become the first digital payment company in Hong Kong to bring contactless bank card payments to MTR. Visa is committed to providing innovative, secure, and universally consistent payment methods to the millions of citizens and travellers who take the MTR every day. We believe that an open-loop payment system not only accelerates smart mobility, but also brings opportunities for the development of the global digital economy,” said Ms Paulina Leong, General Manager, Visa Hong Kong and Macau.
Visa works closely with partners across the globe including public transportation operators, government departments, banks, and technology suppliers, to drive over 750 contactless public transit projects. In fiscal year 2023, Visa enabled 1.6 billion tap-to-pay transit rides, an increase of 30% year on year.
As a Worldwide Partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Visa is set to promote contactless bank card payments on the MTR by capitalising on the festive and celebratory ambiance of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. The collaborative promotion efforts of Visa and MTR Corporation will feature Team Visa athlete and Olympic fencing gold medalist Mr Edgar Cheung Ka-long and special offers of the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. Moreover, both companies will reward commuters who use contactless bank card payment to ride on the MTR with access to highly sought-after experiences throughout 2024. Stay tuned for more details to be announced in the future.
1 Passengers can purchase “Monthly Pass Extra”, “MTR City Saver” and MTR souvenirs with credit card, QR code or Octopus at Customer Service Centres in designated stations in the heavy rail network. Passengers can also purchase Airport Express tickets with credit card or QR code at Customer Service Centres in Airport Express stations.
Ms Jeny Yeung, Managing Director – Hong Kong Transport Services of MTR Corporation (middle), Ms Paulina Leong, General Manager, Visa Hong Kong and Macau (left) and Mr Edgar Cheung Ka-long, Team Visa athlete and Olympic fencing gold medalist (right) demonstrate tapping credit cards for MTR rides.
The entry/exit gates providing contactless bank card payment service will be wrapped in light blue and signage will be added at stations for passengers’ easy identification. New flap gates have a wider walkway, making it more convenient for passengers with luggage, strollers or baby prams.
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