Singapore to test contactless payment on public transport this year

Nurdianah Md Nur

Commuters in Singapore may soon be able to tap contactless wristbands, instead of the current EZ-Link fare cards, to pay for their public transport fares.

This payment mode, which will be trialled later this year, is one of the new fare payment system projects that the Ministry of Transport and Land Transport Authority (LTA) are working on to improve Singapore's urban mobility.

The LTA is also examining the feasibility of a system called Be-In-Be-Out, which eliminates the need for commuters to tap their EZ-Links in and out to register their trips. This is because the system detects and registers commuters as long as they have their fare cards on them, said Permanent Secretary for transport Pang Kin Keong.

He added that the LTA is studying the application of autonomous vehicle technology to public transport and other industries. For example, the LTA is testing truck platooning, which consist a lead truck steered by a driver and a convoy of up to four driverless trucks, for the freight industry.

Pang was speaking at the opening of the CREATE Urban Mobility Symposium today (8 July 2015) at the National University of Singapore. Jointly organised by three research programmes funded by the National Research Foundation Singapore, the two-day event will host discussions relating to urban mobility and transportation solutions. The research programmes include Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Future Urban Mobility (SMART FM), and TUM CREATE.