July 13, 2017
Société de transport de Laval employees testing mobile payment in partnership with ACTOLL Français
LAVAL, QC -- A new mobile application which allows the purchase and use of public transit fares by smartphone will be tested all summer long by Société de transport de Laval (STL) employees. A secure one-stop solution with everything inside the phone, this novel payment mode experiment, which will run across the entire bus network territory, comes on the heels of the onboard credit card payment system in seven Laval bus routes.
The application was developed jointly with France's ACTOLL, which has profound experience in public transit in Europe. Along the lines of other STL apps, like STLSynchro+ and MaSTL, this application was dubbed STL billets and works with both the Apple and Android platforms. The project is only open to employees at the moment but a second testing phase could include customers later this year.
"We are committed to make getting around in Laval easier, especially for occasional public transport users" said STL board president David De Cotis. "Mobile applications are deeply embedded in all aspects of business and this is a worldwide reality. The application we are testing is a time-saving single-window solution that carries out all the operations, from fare purchase to transfers right from your smartphone, which is always on you."
"We are particularly satisfied with carrying out this first Quebec pilot project with the STL, whose proclivity towards innovation is unanimously renowned," added Liborio Panzarella, ACTOLL's CEO. "In addition, the project fits seamlessly into ACTOLL's North American development strategy, and Quebec, thanks to its strong ties to France, seemed to us as the natural path to follow in sharing our innovations."
The results of this trial will be shared with the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) and with Quebec's other public transportation companies.
How it works
It is a simple concept: purchase your fare via a secure payment platform and validate the tickets by scanning a QR code with your phone when you board the bus. For each ticket used, a transfer fare is automatically activated in the application.