The Victorian government has announced that Android users will be able to use their smartphones to pay for their public transport fares instead of using Myki cards from Thursday (March.27th), according to an ITNews report.
According to the report, customers will be able to pay for their trips across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria using a custom-built Myki smartphone app.
The ‘Mobile Myki’ app enables users to use their smartphones at all existing Myki ticket gates and readers at the state’s train stations, Myki-enabled buses, as well as Melbourne’s trams.
The system has been developed in partnership with the Victorian ticketing provider NTT Data and Google and uses Google Pay.
Commuters will no need to rely on their physical Myki smartcard when traveling. Instead, customers can top-up and track their recent travel history with the app.
“Mobile myki will make topping up and touching on quicker, and traveling easier,” Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne said.
Physical Myki cards, which are used in around 700m transactions each year, will also continue to be available.
The government said it will continue discussions and technical assessments to make Mobile Myki available across other smartphone platforms.
The launch of the new app follows a successful test involving more than 4000 commuters.
Horne said the tests showed “an overwhelmingly positive response to it”, with participants scoring Mobile Myki 80 out of 100 for overall satisfaction.