BC Transit operates the Victoria bus system, and a new $ 21 million upgrade to ticketing systems is set to modernize payouts, beyond cash and paper tickets.
According to Christy Ridout, Vice President of Business Development for B.C. Transit, she says CBC News that the system would get customers to buy prices with a mobile and then scan the phone when they go on the bus.
"The payment industry has come a long way in recent years and I think we can really take advantage of some of the innovation that has happened," says Ridout CBC News .
BC Transit says that if the smartphone price tag is successful, next goal would be to accept debit or credit card payments for ticket prices.
Why not get a Victoria transit rider compass card, such as Translink in Vancouver? Ridout says the idea is out of the table, as such systems are too complex and expensive to put up and maintain.
Although not all transport tubes have their own smartphones, the buses will still keep cash and payments for pricing.
According to BC Transit, they seek providers to implement their smartphone payment system and point to the start timeline too late 201
BC Transit plans to launch its NextRide live bus tracking app in Victoria in our