INIT, TriMet and moovel have collaborated to integrate the virtual Hop Fastpass card for Google Pay users in the Portland region of Oregon, US.

Cardholders using TriMet, C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar rides in the Portland-Vancouver region will now be able to tap their virtual smart card to pay for the transit fare.

The card can be loaded through the Hop Fastpass mobile app available on the Google Play store. It is said to be the first regional account-based virtual transit fare card and can be used at any of the 1,200 INIT fare validators.

INIT project engineer Thomas Schaich said: “The use of virtual transit cards marks the beginning of a new era in the fare collection world. The vision of a secure transit payment solution without carrying a card has now finally been realised.”

When the virtual card is used by riders, a back-office management tool MOBILEvario by INIT will estimate the fare, verify the transaction and provide the fare validation result in real-time.

TriMet general manager Doug Kelsey said: “The combination of Hop and Google Pay puts transit riders in the Portland-Vancouver region on the cutting edge of technology while truly getting the best value with daily and monthly fare caps as they ride.”

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