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Trials for cashless commutes to widen

Trial for use of MasterCard to pay for rides extended; LTA to also try out payment by mobile phones

Cashlessness in practice at a Cheers convenience store on the Nanyang Polytechnic campus. The outlet is unmanned and cashless and fitted with closed-circuit cameras. Customers pay for their purchases by Nets, credit card, EZ-link card or other forms of mobile or contactless payment.


TWO in every three public-transport commuters in Singapore still use cash to reload their EZ-link cards, and maintaining the top-up facilities at train stations and on buses imposes extra costs of S$20 million each year.

With the push under the Smart Nation initiative to...