NO CASH? NO PROBLEM! A first in Canada: credit card payment tested onboard Laval buses

via STL

Today, the Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Desjardins Group, in the presence of the Mayor of Laval, Mr. Marc Demers, announced the implementation of a new pilot project to accept credit card payments by Visa or MasterCard onboard Laval buses. These two leading Quebec companies have joined forces to bring this innovative project to life as of Friday April 21 on six of the STL’s bus routes: 20, 39, 48, 60, 63 and 73. The STL is the first public transit company in Canada to test onboard fare payment by credit card (single fares).

The technology used is a contactless payment terminal similar to those found in most retailers across Canada. This Monetico payment solution, developed by Desjardins, allows for instant payment by simply tapping your card on the terminal. No swiping, inserting or personal identification numbers are required. This new credit card payment option is available for single fares, in addition to the traditional cash payment and the advance purchase of fares. This convenient solution will allow occasional riders of public transit to save time, not having to plan for exact change or to purchase fares in advance.

“For the STL, innovation is a core principle. It is deeply rooted in the way they conduct business” says Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval. “Public transportation is a major vector for the development of Laval and we are proud to support this type of experiment at the STL. It improves the public transit offer for Laval residents and everyone who comes to visit us.”