Metro Federal District begins to accept payment with debit and credit cards
By Edlyn Cardoza
A partnership between Mastercard, BRB Mobilidade (operator of the Automatic Ticketing System – SBA – of the Federal District) and Transdata (provider of the Digital Ticketing solution) will enable Metro-DF passengers to pay the fare with debit and credit cards enabled with approximate payment technology.
“Since taking over the Automatic Ticketing System, BRB has been working to improve the user experience. First, we modernized the system and launched an application and the website to facilitate the day-to-day of the passenger of public transport in df. Now, the stage of working with partners, such as Mastecard, has arrived to democratize the alternative of payment to citizens”, adds the president of BRB, Paulo Henrique Costa.
The new payment method is now available at all Metro stations in the Federal District. Rates may be paid only by approaching credit cards, debit cards, smartphones (with NFC technology), smartwatches or validator payment bracelets at the turnstile.
The president of Metrô-DF, Handerson Cabral, adds that the Company has worked in partnership with BRB to increasingly modernise the ticketing system through technology. “The intention is to avoid queues, in addition to speeding up and democratizing the user’s access to the system,” he says.
“All the technological solutions we develop at Transdata are intended to improve the experience of those who use the public transport service. By introducing the possibility of payment with credit and debit cards, directly at the turnstiles, we offer a more convenient option to the passenger, who no longer has to worry about purchasing the tickets in advance or loading the transport card. No queues, no worries, just approach the card and travel,” says The Product Director of Transdata, Rafael Teles.
For Mastercard, the initiative allows the urban mobility of the Federal District to become even more connected, inclusive, efficient, and responsive to the needs of its users. “The acceleration of digitization has occurred in all sectors and could not be different in relation to the means of payment in public transport,” says Fernanda Caraballo, Vice President of Business Development at Mastercard. “The Federal District has been improving and modernizing urban mobility, ensuring a more agile, practical and safe experience for those who use public transportation, and the technology of payment by approximation offers all this,” concludes the executive.
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