UP Express trains now have contactless credit card and phone payment options

Mar 11 2021, 8:00 am

UP Express riders can now tap their phone or credit card before hopping on the train to or from Pearson, thanks to newly implemented contactless payment options.

Starting Monday, March 11, UP Express customers can use either Visa, Mastercard, American Express credit cards, their phone or watch’s mobile wallet such as Apple Pay or Google pay, by tapping their chosen payment method on a PRESTO device.

“Tapping their credit card or phone to pay for transit is what our customers have been asking for, and we’re thrilled to add this to the many customer improvements we’ve made to the PRESTO experience and the PRESTO app over the last year,” said Acting Chief of PRESTO Fawad Ebraemi. “Our work hasn’t stopped because of COVID-19, and contactless payment is another measure to help our customers travel safely when they return.”

This latest rollout comes as part of Metrolinx’s overall plan to implement contactless payment options across the entirety of the TTC.

“Our customers have asked for more ways to pay, and we’re so excited to roll out the next stage with PRESTO contactless payment on UP Express,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster. “We are eager to build on this launch and deliver this to our customers around the region.”

UP Express customers can continue to use their PRESTO card or e-ticket to pay their fare if they so choose.

Going forward, Metrolinx has plans to also add Interac Debit as a payment option for UP Express in the spring, which will be the first time any transit agency in Canada will have a contactless debit option.

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