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Why no mobile tap and ride?

A trip to London found commuters simply tapping fare gates with their phones. It is time that the Singapore authorities smartened up train and bus payments for a smoother journey all round.

The London public transport network is among the oldest in the world, but its fare collection system is far from being old school.

When I was there last month, I did not even have to buy an Oyster card - the equivalent of Singapore's ez-link or Nets FlashPay stored-value contactless cards - to travel from place to place. Instead, to travel on the underground rail system, for example, I tapped my iPhone on the fare gates' payment readers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'Why no mobile tap and ride?'. Subscribe