New Jersey and Pennsylvania commuters now may use American Express Co.’s ExpressPay contactless cards to pay for rides on the Port Authority Transit Corp. Speedline rapid-transit system or to park in terminal garages.

The open payment system established by Port Authority Transit and Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. has expanded to accept the Amex cards at the transit entry gates and parking entrances, the companies announced July 11.

The system already accepts payments initiated with Visa Inc. payWave and MasterCard Worldwide PayPass contactless cards.

The ExpressPay contactless card holds an embedded radio frequency identification chip to communicate with payment terminals or kiosks.

Cubic promotes contactless payments for transportation systems as a way to allow riders to carry fewer plastic cards in purses or wallets and to enable them to move through stations more quickly.

“The people of New Jersey and Pennsylvania who ride PATCO are helping to design the transit payment systems of the future,” Steve Shewmaker, Cubic president, stated in a press release.

Similarly, John J. Matheussen, PATCO president, sees the expansion of contactless options as another step toward the future of transportation-system payments.

“PATCO continues to be impressed by the hard work and technical know-how that Cubic is bringing to our system,” Matheussen stated. “Information gathered here will be used to improve the transit-station experience of riders all over the world in the coming years.”

Cubic has delivered more than 400 payment-system projects in 40 major markets on five continents, the company stated.

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