UP Express customers now benefitting from contactless debit payments
The introduction of contactless debit payments for UP Express services marks the first time that a transit agency in Canada is offering this option.
Metrolinx has announced that customers can now use a physical debit card or a debit card added to a mobile wallet to pay for travel on the UP Express – a first for transit in Canada. Combined with credit card payments, customers now have more contactless options than ever when it comes to paying for their ride.
In March 2021, PRESTO began piloting new contactless payment options on UP Express, which started with credit cards and mobile wallets as a form of payment. Now, as a part of that same pilot, debit is being introduced as a payment option for customers on UP Express – the rail link that connects Union Station with Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Customers can now tap on and off using Interac® Debit, as well as internationally-issued Visa Debit and Debit Mastercard, or by adding these cards enabled with these payment methods to their mobile wallet and tapping with their phone or smart watch. This not only means more choice and convenience for UP customers, but it also marks the first time that a transit agency in Canada is offering a Canadian contactless debit option as a way to pay.
Customers can continue to use their Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit cards (the physical version or the digital version in their mobile wallet) to pay, as well as more traditional options like a PRESTO card and e-tickets.