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Singapore public transport going cashless

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s public transport network is set to go fully cashless by 2020, with all bus and train rides to be paid using travel cards and top-ups performed without physical cash.

The first cashless rail line will be the Thomson-East Coast Line, which will open from 2019.

The goal to go fully cashless, in line with the nation’s Smart Nation push, was announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and its subsidiary TransitLink yesterday.

To nudge commuters into going cashless, the agencies will first work with rail operators SMRT and SBS Transit to remove cash top-ups at passenger service centres at 11 train stations from Sept 1.

These are Admiralty, Bedok, Bukit Panjang, Buona Vista, Farrer Park, HarbourFront, Hougang, Lakeside, Pasir Ris, Serangoon and Yew Tee.

The plan is to remove cash top-ups at the passenger service centres of all other train stations next year.

To help commuters with the switch, staff will be stationed at the stations, and publicity materials at ticketing touch-points will be put up.

The target is to remove all cash transactions from the network by 2020; ticketing machines will accept only cashless top-ups, and all bus rides can be paid only with travel cards. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network