Singapore has enabled commuters to make payments for public transport using their Visa contactless cards or compatible mobile devices.

The move is part of the SimplyGo initiative by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

The initiative was launched this April and also supports Mastercard contactless cards.

To make payments, commuters have to tap their contactless cards on the fare reader at the train station gantry or on the bus when boarding.

Commuters can use contactless Visa cards issued by Bank of China, CIMB, Citibank, DBS, HSBC, ICBC Bank, Maybank, OCBC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and UOB.

The fares charged for contactless payments will be similar to that charged on a travel card.

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The LTA initiative is said to be one of Visa’s largest contactless transit deployment, with 30,000 acceptance points.

Visa country manager for Singapore and Brunei Kunal Chatterjee said: “Today, Singapore is already one of the top markets globally in terms of contactless penetration with more than 80 percent of all Visa transactions being contactless.

“We expect this number to grow even faster with the opening of transit acceptance.”

Under the LTA project, commuters in Singapore can also use Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay to make payments for public transport.

Meanwhile, commuters using Singtel Dash can pay for their transport using Dash Visa Virtual Account.