New Jersey Transit Taps into Google’s Wallet


Google Wallet has gained its first transit partner, an area of commerce the tech giant sees as vital to the adoption of the technology by the masses. As Google’s Stephanie Tilenius points out, transit has laid the groundwork for NFC in many regions around the globe, and it makes perfect sense. If there is any one time and place where simply swiping your phone to make a quick purchase is desired, it would have to be when your train is leaving in less than a minute and you still need to pay fare.

Keeping that in mind, Google has found their first public transportation partner in the New Jersey Transit Corporation. Select stations, including New York Penn Station and Newark International Airport, will begin adding Google Wallet and NFC as a payment option at ticket windows and self-service kiosks. Establishing the use of NFC in a market with service directly to New York could mean a big wave of new NFC users in the near future. If more cities get on board, and if Google can work in paperless ticketing, transit might just be what tips the mainstream into Google Wallet.

[via Androinica]

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  1. Cool. If Google get the NY MTA to add this to their stations and buses then it’s safe to say that they’ll win this country wide phone payment thing.

  2. LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. i want to be able to use it when i go to Korea. i have a T-money pass, but i still think it would be cool to have my T-money on my phone

  4. This is going to be sweet. I really hate using metro cards sometimes they dont go in.

  5. If this means I won’t have to go to a ticket machine to buy a monthly pass every month, I’ll be happy.

  6. NOOO!!! The mainstream? What will happen to the Android hipsters???!!! NAAAAWWWWWWWUUUUUUOOOOO!

  7. I don’t suspect I’ll be using my phone to get on the 76L anytime soon.

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