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Express mode for paying for municipal buses has been introduced in Kyiv: how the new service works

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Express mode for paying for municipal buses has been introduced in Kyiv: how the new service works

The capital has introduced a secure payment function for municipal buses called Express Mode. Here's how to set up the new contactless payment technology

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Kyiv authorities have adopted a new innovative service for secure payment of fares on city buses. From now on, residents and guests of the capital can pay for their fare by simply holding their iPhone or Apple Watch close to a reader located in the vehicle. 


This convenient method will allow passengers to pay quickly and securely.


In addition, users of compatible iPhones or Apple Watches have the opportunity to use a special "Express Mode" that allows them to pay for their fare with just one touch without having to unlock the device or wake it up from sleep mode. 


How the new contactless fare payment service works: details


Head of Kyiv's digital transformation and Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Petro Olenych noted that the integration of this new technology is just one of the steps towards making Kyiv more comfortable and convenient for residents and visitors.


The city authorities plan to continue developing initiatives aimed at improving public transportation and providing new benefits.


The solution for contactless fare payment in Kyiv municipal buses is based on integration with Apple Wallet and the use of Express Transit technology. 


First of all, users need to have a valid credit or debit card, which they can add to their Apple Wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch.




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To activate the contactless payment feature, follow these steps:


1. Open the Wallet app on your iPhone and select the card you want to link to Express Transit.

2. Press the "More" button (three dots), and then select the "Card details" option.

3. Select "Express Transit Settings".

4. Select the desired credit or debit card to use in Express Transit.


After successfully setting up Express Transit, customers will be able to pay for public transportation using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Even if the device is low on power, they will have access to a backup power function that will allow them to use Express Transit for up to five hours after the device is discharged.


One of the key benefits of the new feature is that credit or debit card information added to Apple Wallet is never shared with Apple or stored on its servers. This means that personal financial information remains exclusively with the owner of the device and is not subject to processing by third-party services.


In addition, if the owner loses his iPhone or Apple Watch, he can immediately use the Find My feature to protect his data. This app allows you to lock the device and track its location to prevent unauthorized access to information and ensure the security of personal data.


"I am proud that even in these challenging times, we are continuing to help the country and its capital move towards digitalization, building a convenient urban environment where all payments are made seamlessly, securely and without unnecessary hassle," commented Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President, Visa Ukraine, Georgia, CIS and Southeast Europe.


Overall, using Apple Pay to pay for public transportation provides customers with a high level of security, privacy and convenience, which contributes to a more convenient and safe experience when using municipal buses in Kyiv.




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