Not content with merely accepting EMV payments in addition to dedicated plastic transit cards, and supporting Apple’s EMV Express Transit, you can now add your ‘Hop‘ card to Apple Wallet.
TriMet is the first transit provider to support Apple Wallet in North America, and one of only a few supported providers (such as Suica in Japan). One of the benefits of having a ‘Hop’ card in Apple Wallet (as opposed to just your payment card), is support for concession fares, and longer term passes – which aren’t offered or not possible with payment cards.
You also get additional features with Express Transit, including enough power to use Apple Pay even when your phone is ‘flat’ (thanks to Power Reserve).
To get your card in Apple Wallet, download the Hop Fastpass app, purchase a new card (for $3) or transfer an existing plastic card registered from your Hop account.
TriMet has long been a leader in the transit industry, focused on the customer experience and ways to simplify riding transit. Now with the Hop card in Apple Wallet, our riders and our region take a major leap forward in transit fare payment,”
Said TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey.
Once your card is in Apple Wallet, you can top up your balance within the Hop Fastpass app, view transaction history, and add/manage other plastic or virtual cards.
And that’s it – to commute, just tap your phone or Watch at a transit reader – no need to authenticate and away you go!
“Apple Pay transforms everyday experiences and we’re thrilled Portland-Vancouver residents will now be able to go quickly through their daily commute with just their iPhone and Apple Watch”
Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey told the Portland Tribune.