Bombela has implemented a pilot project for using contactless bank cards on the Gautrain and linked services.
The programme is currently testing the viability of using bank cards on the station’s tap-and-go card readers instead of a dedicated Gautrain card.
This would remove the need to carry a Gautrain card, as users can tap their bank card on the service’s card readers.
The fare is deducted from your bank account when you tap the reader at your destination, and users are charged the same way as when making a retail purchase.
Only commuters who have applied to be part of pilot project are able to use their bank cards on the Gautrain.
New card readers have been installed at all stations, while the bus validators have also been upgraded.
Parking gates are still in the process of being upgraded, however, and are currently excluded from the pilot project.
As the system is new, there is a chance of an error when charging a participant’s bank card – in which case Bombela will refund any overcharge.
Those participating in the project will still be able to use standard Gautrain cards in the event their bank card is not accepted.
If the system is implemented successfully, the Gautrain will become one of the first public transport systems to accept contactless bank cards as payment, said Bombela.
To sign up for the pilot project, applicants must have a compatible bank card.
To increase their chances of admittance into the programme, they should also be regular users of the Gautrain and Gautrain bus services.
If you meet the requirements, you can apply by sending an email to the Gautrain Contactless Project Team.
You will then receive a form which must be completed, which includes submitting personal details and bank card type.
Once the form is submitted, applicants will be contacted if they are successful.
You will then need to send through your bank card number to authorise the card for use on the system.
This authorisation step will not be necessary once the system is fully implemented.
Pilot project users will also receive a discount for one-way trips between Sandton and OR Tambo – priced at R75.