Commuters Can Soon Use ATM Cards With NETS Tap To Pay For Public Transport

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Earlier in April, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) introduced SimplyGo, which provides commuters with the convenience of tapping in and out of public transport rides with their Mastercard or Visa contactless bank cards.

Hence, eliminating the need for top-ups as transport fares are charged directly to their debit and credit cards, like a retail purchase.

At present, more than 250,000 people have signed up for a SimplyGo account since it was launched.

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On Tuesday (Nov. 7), LTA announced in their press release that SimplyGo will also be available on NETS contactless bank cards with effect from 16 November. This is applicable to cards that have the NETS Tap symbol, from participating banks DBS, POSB, UOB and OCBC.

In addition, NETS users will be able to link their cards to TransitLink’s SimplyGo account, allowing them to view their trip history and receive notifications of their fares on the go.

NETS’ chief executive officer, Jeffrey Goh, said this implementation is part of its efforts to make payment more convenient for its users.

“NETS has been working towards simplifying cashless payment modes for smaller purchases,” he said. “Our customers will have not just another choice to pay for their retail and food purchases but also a simple and fast option for their daily commute.”

SimplyGo is looking to expand in the near future, the LTA added, as it is working to allow ez-link users to enjoy SimplyGo benefits too. To register for an account, commuters can use the TransitLink portal or download the TransitLink SimplyGo mobile app.

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