This is your Miami-Dade Minute. One, two, three… We’re very excited that we’re bringing new payment options to make it very, very easy to use transit. Starting today, riders can pay fares directly with their bank cards or digital wallets. They no longer will have to buy an EASY card or an EASY ticket, although we will continue to accept these forms of payment. With this new system, Metrorail will now accept Visa, MasterCard, and yes we will even accept American Express – that have been enabled for contactless use. The
digital wallet options include pay systems offered by Apple, Google, Samsung, and Fitbit. Right now we have something called fare capping. So let’s say you’re going to ride the Metrorail 3-4 times in one day, well your first tap will be $2.25, your second tap will be $2.25 but after that you’ll only be charged the daily rate, and then you can ride for free the whole rest of the day. Somebody could just tap, go, and not deal with the hassles of messing with
machines and whatnot. We’re making it easier for people to use our system, and
my understanding is that while today we’re talking about our train system in
the near future we’ll also be talking about our bus system. This project is funded partially by the People’s Transportation Plan, our half-cent sales tax. We’re always looking for ways to improve the experience of our customers
here in Miami-Dade County and this is one of the ways.