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Apple Pay's Express Transit Feature Now Supported in 275 Chinese Cities

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From today, iPhone users across China can set up their T-Union cards for Express Transit, Apple's contactless transit payment system. The new support is a result of a partnership between Apple and China T-Union, a contactless transit card currently used in 275 Chinese cities.


Express Transit is an Apple Pay feature that allows users to pay fares with a swipe of their iPhone or Apple Watch at the turnstile without having to unlock their device first with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.
Express Transit was already in use in Beijing and Shanghai thanks to integration with local transit cards, but the new partnership between Apple and China T-Union essentially extends Express Transit nationwide.

Apple has a web page that it updates with the countries and regions that support the feature. Other places currently include London with Transport for London (TfL), New York City with Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) terminals, and Japan with all forms of transit that accept Suica.

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ksec

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still no news for support in Hong Kong

At least we know they are testing it. ( It has more to do with delays on stupid Map Transit )

Apple Arcade is also missing as well. So Something strange is happening.
 
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recoil80

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In my country we do not even have those barriers. You just get on and hope some guy in incognito wearing sweat pants isn’t gonna ask to see your ticket haha

That's clever.
We have turnstiles here, but some people jump over them or quickly pass behind another person. You don't stop people from entering the station unless you have proper barriers but they're more expensive and less convenient. It is better to let anyone in and then check people as they're leaving the station. If you're lucky you can travel for free, if you get caught you pay a fine. In some stations you have queues to exit the barriers, it is just a waste of time for people with a ticket.
 
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Rojaaemon

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Gee, not that long ago a rider in the Beijing underground waited in line and bought a little paper ticket from the lady behind the counter, then took a few steps to the wicket and handed the paper ticket to another lady who tossed it into the trash bucket.

So many boring and nonproductive jobs eliminated!
 
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In my country we do not even have those barriers. You just get on and hope some guy in incognito wearing sweat pants isn’t gonna ask to see your ticket haha
I live in Arizona, in Phoenix, which is a US city and it’s like this. The fine is $500 though so I wouldn’t risk it.

LA used to not have barriers too, in fact many of their stations still don’t.

Dallas doesn’t have barriers either.

Seattle and Portland don’t have barriers either. Portland has Express Transit as well.

It’s a pretty normal thing to see. Larger cities like NYC And SF will have barriers
 
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recoil80

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I hope we can do this in Toronto at some point.

I came in 2012, as far as I remember you had tokens to open turnstiles. Still use them? I think I brought one back but I have no idea where it is now, maybe with some other memories from the honeymoon :)
 
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I came in 2012, as far as I remember you had tokens to open turnstiles. Still use them? I think I brought one back but I have no idea where it is now, maybe with some other memories from the honeymoon :)

The turnstiles have been replaced with electronic gates a couple years ago thankfully. I’m not even sure if you can still use tokens. Most people use a Presto card now, but the system isn’t great. Only the physical cards hold the balance in real time (rather than a centralized database), so real time balances and loading from an app isn’t possible. Designed in the mid 00’s no doubt; functionality good at the time but is dated now.
 
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And yet in the San Francisco Bay Area, the supposed technology mecca of the world, no Apple Pay in sight for public transportation.
 
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I'm from Boston and our local transit, MBTA, also has made plans for this to be piloted in 2022 and rolled out in 2023.

I'm looking forward to being able to use this as I take the subway a lot

Yeah but MBTA has put AFC 2.0 on indefinite hold. I'd say don't hold your breath for any MBTA promises.

If only there's a similar standard union in the US so that we can use one transit card in every US city... But what am I dreaming of, we can't even have a nationwide standard for electronic toll transponders.
 
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Funny that the pic is from the NYC subway system in an article about China.
Very handy in this desperate coronavirus moment, being able to enter the subway with your Apple Watch -- you don't need to touch anything.

To be fair, the contactless cards that this can replace was already contactless. But it definitely adds a lot of convenience for sure.
 
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