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Open loop payment pilot starts on metro and bus services in Porto, Portugal [free access]

July 23, 2021

Littlepay has commenced the pilot of the ‘Tap-to-Pay’ open loop payment system on Porto Metro’s airport line and on Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto’s (STCP’s) bus line 500. The solution has been deployed in partnership with Visa, Andante, TIP, Cybersource, Unicre, Card4B, and ACS. The system is planned to be rolled out to all the metro lines in the coming months and across the entire STCP bus fleet by the end of 2022. The rollout will make Porto the first city in Portugal to adopt an open loop payment system for its public transport network.


The system allows users to pay for fares by tapping their contactless debit, credit, prepaid card, or payment-enabled device on the payment readers.