Portland becomes the first city in the United States to support Apple pay fast transportation cards

IPhone and Apple Watch users can now use the device’s Express Transit feature to board the TriMet and C-Tran buses, the MAX light rail train and Portland Streetcar in the Portland-Vancouver area. TriMet and C-Tran announced on Tuesday that the Apple Watch will soon be integrated with a digital version of Hop Fastpass, a bus card widely used in the Portland — Vancouver area, the Portland Tribune reported.

Jennifer Bailey, chief executive of Apple Pay, said: “Apple pay has improved its daily experience and we are excited to see that residents of the Portland-Vancouver area can now quickly complete their daily commuting through their iPhone and Apple watch.”

Hop Fastpass’s support for Express Transit technology means that iPhone and Apple watch users can trade contactless traffic terminals without locking or waking devices, enabling fast ticket checking with NFC hardware capabilities.

Doug Kelsey, general manager of TriMet, said: “TriMet has long been a leader in the transportation industry, focusing on ways to improve the customer experience and simplify transport. Now using the Hop card in Apple Wallet, our drivers and our region have made a major leap forward in ticket checking payments. ”