What is SimplyGo (previous working name “Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) System”)? What does SimplyGo mean? What are the benefits of SimplyGo?
‘SimplyGo’ brings more ease and convenience to commuters by widening the range of e-payment options in transit. A blend of the words ‘simply’ with ‘go’ aptly describe ABT function and traits. With SimplyGo, commuters can choose to use their contactless bank cards, or mobile wallet# on transit, thereby eliminating the need for top-ups. Similar to any contactless bank card purchase, commuters simply take the card out of wallet, tap and go. Bus and train transactions will be processed, accumulated and charged to the credit or debit card. Towards the end of the year, commuters using their ez-link cards can also start upgrading their cards to enjoy SimplyGo benefits like topping up on-the-go via the SimplyGo account.
Furthermore, commuters can enjoy added convenience by signing up for a SimplyGo account and register their travel cards, to have access to their travel history and transactions via the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal or TL SimplyGo mobile app, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the card they choose to use on transit.
#Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.
What type of cards can be used for SimplyGo?
At the start of launch from 4 April 2019 all Mastercard contactless bank cards, including foreign-issued cards*, with the EMVCo Contactless Indicator, will be accepted in public transit. (*administrative and overseas transaction fees will apply).
LTA will be expanding the acceptance of payment schemes, and expects to include Visa in the second half of 2019.
Beyond contactless bank cards, LTA is also working on upgrading the current stored value EZ-Link cards from the second half of 2019. With this, on top of viewing their transaction history through the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal or TL SimplyGo mobile app, commuters without contactless bank cards can also enjoy benefits of SimplyGo, by upgrading their existing travel cards (i.e. Concession Cards, EZ-Link or NETS FlashPay cards).
Why introduce the SimplyGo?
SimplyGo enables commuters to use contactless bank cards as their travel card on public transport, removing the need to carry a separate travel card or make any upfront top-ups before travelling. Commuters can easily keep track of their travel expenditure and history by registering for an account on the TransitLink SimplyGo Portal, available online and via the TL SimplyGo mobile app.
For a start, SimplyGo will include all Mastercard contactless bank cards. LTA is working closely with Visa, and expect them to be part of SimplyGo later this year. Towards the end of the year, commuters without contactless bank cards can also enjoy benefits of SimplyGo, by upgrading their existing travel cards (i.e. Concession Cards, ez-link or NETS FlashPay cards).