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TfL Tops 1 Billion Contactless Journeys

Transport for London revealed July 6 that its passengers have made more than 1 billion pay-as-you-go journeys using contactless payment cards, with 40 percent of all pay-as-you-go trips paid for with contactless payment, up from 25 percent a year ago.

The transit authority’s figures show that, on average, 2 million journeys are made using contactless every day. Of these, almost one in 10 contactless transactions are now made using mobile devices, with more than 31 million journeys made specifically using mobile phones in London in the last 12 months, TfL said.

TfL’s contactless payment system was first launched on London’s buses in December 2012 and expanded to cover Tube and rail services in London in September 2014.

“London continues to lead the way in terms of contactless payment around the world, and the money we make selling TfL’s innovation and expertise to other major global cities will allow us to put further money into improving London’s own transport network, ” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Last year, TfL signed a deal worth up to £15 million (US$19.4 million) with Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) enabling the company to adapt the city’s contactless ticketing system worldwide. It’s the first of a number of planned agreements to sell TfL’s expertise both at home and abroad, according to TfL.

Since then, CTS has progressed discussions with a number of world cities, including Sydney and Miami, to introduce contactless ticketing technology to their transport networks in the future.

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