SINGAPORE: From Friday (Jul 1), commuters will be able to top up their Contactless ePurse Application (CEPAS) cards with United Overseas Bank (UOB) debit and credit cards.
The service applies to all EZ-Link and NETS Flashpay cards.
It will be available at General Ticketing Machines at all MRT stations and will be rolled out to customers holding all other local and foreign-issued cards from Jan 1 next year, Transit Link and UOB said in a joint release on Thursday.
Currently, about two-thirds of the payments made at General Ticketing Machines are in cash, despite commuters being able to use their ATM cards at the machines. With the initiative, Transit Link hopes to increase the number of cashless top-ups by at least 10 per cent.
Transit Link CEO Lee Yuen Hee said: “The whole idea is to extend the cashless lifestyle that the public is used to in the retail space to the transit space. This is all part and parcel of our continuous effort to make the transit experience convenient, seamless and an integral part of the commuter’s lifestyle.”
A UOB survey which polled 120 commuters found that more than one-third of respondents preferred contactless payment options, such as using their mobile wallet or contactless credit cards, to top up their EZ-Link cards.