It’s a U.S. first – Apple iPhone and Apple Watch users can now use Apple Pay on their devices to access Express Transit functionality board the Portland-Vancouver area’s TriMet and C-Tran buses, MAX light rail trains and the Portland Streetcar.
TriMet and C-Tran on Tuesday announced Apple Wallet integration with the app-enabled version of Hop Fastpass, which is the transit fare card used for public transportation in the area.
“Apple Pay transforms everyday experiences and we’re thrilled Portland-Vancouver residents will now be able to go quickly through their daily commute with just their iPhone and Apple Watch,” said Apple Pay chief Jennifer Bailey.
“TriMet has long been a leader in the transit industry, focused on the customer experience and ways to simplify riding transit. Now with the Hop card in Apple Wallet, our riders and our region take a major leap forward in transit fare payment,” said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey.
The service will be rolled out to Chicago and New York City later this year. A version of it is also available in many other countries.
iPhone and Apple Watch users can now hold their device near the reader found on MAX platforms, and in buses and streetcars. There is no need to wake or unlock the device, open an app or use Face ID or Touch ID.
Users can reload their Hop Fastpass directly in Wallet with Apple Pay.
Learn more at myhopcard.com or by calling 1-844-MYHOPCARD.