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Municipal Bus To Introduce Touch-Free System

Strætó, the Reykjavík area public transit company, aims to at last introduce a touch-free payment system. Jóhannes Svavar Rúnarsson, the managing director of Strætó, says that the new system should be in place within the next two or three weeks.

Klappið app

Currently, payments for the city bus are done primarily through three methods: cash, the phone app Klapp or the printed bus card of the same name. The latter two use a QR code and scanner to process payments.

The initial launch of the app was not without its hiccups, and Jóhannes hopes that the new system will be easier for all involved, especially tourists.

“We’re pressing ahead diligently to get [the new system] done before the tourist season,” he told RÚV. “This is obviously comfortable for everyone, and simple for foreign tourists to pay fares on the bus.”

Testing before launch

Jóhannes says that they have been working with a supplier who is to provide Strætó with the touch-free system, meaning that passengers will be able to pay for fares with debit cards or the phones, through the use of Google Wallet and similar apps, much like one would pay for anything else in a shop.

“There are still a few things that need to be tweaked in order for this to be completely safe or work properly,” he said, adding that their supplier told them they should be able to start testing this new system within the next two or three weeks.

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