Contactless is all the rage at the moment, and rightfully so. A pilot project was already in place where contactless payments were available on some bus routes, and following their success, they’re set to be introduced on the busier journeys. It’s a project being handled by Transport Malta together with Bank of Valletta, and there’s more to come.
Targeting 100% contactless
80 buses operating on the more active routes will receive these contactless payment points, and eventually, so will the rest of the fleet. Commercial Director at Malta Public Transport Daniel Grech stated that 8 in 10 passengers already prefer contactless payment through the Tallinja card. However, with this new initiative, people will be able to pay with BOV Pay, Apple, Google, and Garmin Pay options through smartphones and watches.
“Our long-term goal is to reach 100% contactless payments and this partnership with Bank of Valletta is a big step forward in that direction,” Grech said. These payment options not only eliminate the need to handle money, but also speed up boarding.
No cash, no hassle
BOV are equally excited about the possibilities too. “We’re proud to have been chosen by Malta Public Transport as its partner in this project,” stated Franco Xuereb, Executive Electronic Banking at Bank of Valletta. Contactless payments are always rising, “and we are delighted that public transport users will also now be able to reap the benefits of contactless payments.”
Malta Public Transport continues its efforts to reduce the exchange of cash to push hassle-free travel. The installation of a fully-integrated contactless system on all buses is planned for early 2021, implementing the new OP2GO solution from Ingenico.
Bank of Valletta p.l.c. is a public limited company regulated by the MFSA and is licensed to carry out the business of banking in terms of the Banking Act (Cap. 371 of the Laws of Malta).