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Taiwan's Railways Administration (TRA) has officially announced support for using Apple Pay when purchasing train tickets with the service's e-booking mobile app.

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In a press release on its website, the country's railway operator said it was making the new "Apple Pay ticketing service" available from September 7 in order to improve convenience for passengers when booking tickets via the official mobile app.

After passing the initial verification, the payment procedure will be completed via Apple Pay, saving users the time it takes to enter their credit card number, said the operator.

Alongside Apple Pay support, the TRA's new membership system is launching a reward scheme where passengers can accumulate redeemable points for using the mobile ticket purchasing mechanism.

Every 50 NT dollar spent is converted into 1 point, and every 2 points points can be redeemed to earn up to a 30% discount on the price of a ticket. Originally, the scheme was only open at the physical ticket windows where points could be used to buy train tickets, but the mobile app now supports the feature, too.

Article Link: Taiwan Railways Administration Announces Apple Pay Support for E-Tickets
 
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ulyssesric

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Well I’m using Apple Pay when booking Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) tickets in browser, mobile app a d vending machine for 5+ years. I didn’t realize that you can’t use Apple Pay to buy TRA tickets.
 

dave420

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ApplePay is great. I use it everywhere I can. I live in an area with transit systems for two cities (Baltimore and DC). Baltimore’s local bus and train system allows us to use an app (CharmPass) that allows us to just show the screen to the drivers, which is nice as it works with older phones that don’t support transit pay cards.

That works on both Baltimore and DC bus system, Baltimore’s bus/subway/light rail, and my state commuter trains, all of which I take to get to work (DC’s bus system doesn’t really use that CharmPass app much at all, but monthly MARC passes in the CharmPass app can be used on DC’s MetroBus even if the drivers look confused by it). DC’s subway systems supports ApplePay, but not the app where you just show your ticket. Both systems support the same old fashioned SmartTrip card, but only DC supports the ApplePay version of the card. Baltimore’s system has not updated to use ApplePay SmartTrip card.
 

Aptx

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It’s not quite special for public transportation in Taiwan. As someone mentioned above that Taiwan High Speed Rail could book the e-ticket by Apple Pay a couple of years ago.

Furthermore, Kaohsiung MRT has been supporting pass the gates by Apple Pay without even purchasing a ticket. It’s kind of like a single ticket but in digital method.

By the way, most Taiwanese still pay their MRT ticket by EasyCard or iPass Card because it offered 15% off. But I think this option is friendly for someone who doesn’t have a card like a foreigner visits Taiwan for only a short time.

Anyways, I’m more than happy to see it finally happen in Taiwan’s Railway Administration. Especially it’s usually considered as an old, slow organization in technology.
 
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Totorotarrot

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It’s not quite special for public transportation in Taiwan. As someone mentioned above that Taiwan High Speed Rail could book the e-ticket by Apple Pay a couple of years ago.

Furthermore, Kaohsiung MRT has been supporting pass the gates by Apple Pay without even purchasing a ticket. It’s kind of like a single ticket but in digital method.

By the way, most Taiwanese still pay their MRT ticket by EasyCard or iPass Card because it offered 15% off. But I think this option is friendly for someone who doesn’t have a card like a foreigner visits Taiwan for only a short time.

Anyways, I’m more than happy to see it finally happen in Taiwan’s Railway Administration. Especially it’s usually considered as an old, slow organization in technology.
EasyCard is still far more convenient as it’s a cash card that can be used anywhere from 711 to taxi.
 
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