In Lyon, Dijon, and Paris, the iPhone and Apple Watch take public transport

The composters will soon join the puncher of the Lilacs among the memories of yesteryear. Magnetic tickets are giving way to transport cards, which are themselves in competition with bank cards. An evolution that allows the iPhone and Apple Watch to jump on the bandwagon through Apple Pay.

Validation with an iPhone on board a tramway in Dijon. Image Wordline France.

In Lyon, the second largest network in France is preparing for the disappearance of magnetic tickets in 2023. Two new validators are appearing on the TCL network: a gray validator, which accepts the good old TCL card as well as telephones equipped with an NFC chip and the TCL E-Ticket application, and a red validator, which is dedicated to the new “TCL bank card” service designed by Worldline and the Caisse d’épargne Rhône-Alpes.

“My ticket is my bank card”, claims Sytral Mobilités, but the bank card does not necessarily take the form of a card. Some stalls offer bracelets with bank information, and validators accept payments with Apple Pay and Google Pay. The “TCL credit card” service therefore allows validation with an iPhone or Apple Watch, while the E-Ticket application is reserved for Android phones.

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