MRT Jakarta will introduce QR code scanning to speed up payments on Dec. 1, alongside existing payment methods, such as debit cards.
MRT Jakarta financial director Tuhiyat said the company was currently testing the software and hardware for the new payment method, which should be done by the end of this month.
“Commuters will be able to download the MRTJ app on Android and iOS app stores [to pay using QR codes],” Tuhiyat said on Wednesday, kompas.com reported.
Tuhiyat said QR codes could speed up and ease transactions as a cardless method, using a two-dimensional matrix code.
Other payment methods include Multi Trip Ticket (MTT) to be launched on Nov. 25, Single Trip Ticket, and debit cards.
Tuhiyat said MTT cards functioned just like debit cards, with commuters able to store credit on them.
He said MRT Jakarta had also received the permit for the MTT from the central bank.
The permit, Bank Indonesia No. 21/447/DKSP/Srt/B, is valid for five years until Nov. 14, 2024.
MRT Jakarta has produced 950,000 MTT cards, which it claims only seen 0.2 seconds for tapping in or out at passenger gates, faster than debit cards that need 1.2 to 2 seconds.
The MTT cards can also be used on other modes of public transportation in Jakarta.
The cards will be available at every MRT station for Rp 25,000 (US$1.77) each.
Currently, only STT cards are available for commuters, besides the approved debit cards: Bank Mandiri’s e-money, BNI’s Tap Cash and Jak Lingko, BRI’s Brizzi, BCA’s Flazz and Bank DKI’s Jakcard.
“We expect that, by January 1, all four methods of payments will work smoothly without any problem,” Tuhiyat said. (ami)