Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Vancouver’s transportation authority TransLink have launched the Tap to Pay open fare payment system for the public transit system in Vancouver.

The move will enable passengers to make payments by tapping their contactless Visa or Mastercard credit cards. Passengers in Vancouver will also be allowed to pay for their travel by tapping a device with an Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay wallet.

CTS president Matt Cole said: “We’re very proud to be the first technology company to bring open payments to a public transit system in Canada.

“While the system is straightforward to use for the rider, it’s a major technological achievement offering a similar level of functionality as the world-class contactless system in London, placing Vancouver at the forefront of transit innovation.”

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond added: “Tap to Pay is about increasing customer convenience by offering more payment options. Whether you’re a daily commuter, a tourist who just arrived from Vancouver International Airport, or a concert goer who only rides transit on occasion, you can choose the payment method that suits you best.”