Trip payment with the contactless bank card directly to the validator in the public transportation vehicles is a project, related to the diversification of the form of payment for public transportation, implemented by the Municipality through Bucharest Transport Company – STB SA, in partnership with BCR and its partner S&T.
This form of payment is available for Otokar and hybrid Mercedes Citaro buses, for night trams (1 and 10) and for tram 41. It offers the passengers more flexibility because it allows payment with any contactless card, Mastercard, Maestro or Visa, issued anywhere in the world.
Contactless validators are state-of-the-art equipment and allow the validation of the bank cards (phone, smart watch with a wallet function) by bringing them close to the equipment, in front of the contactless sign. In addition, in the Otokar and hybrid Mercedes Citaro buses, the contactless validators allow validation with both transportation cards and bank cards. The transaction is fully secured.
The prices for the trips are the ones set out in the STB SA price list, without commission or other charges, regardless of the type of card one uses.
The payment for one metropolitan trip allows the use of surface public transport vehicles in the Bucharest-Ilfov Region, within a period of 90 minutes. If the validity period of the transportation title expires before finalizing the trip by surface public transport vehicles, it is necessary to pay for a new trip, by validating the card again, in order to continue the trip.
In the Otokar and hybrid Mercedes Citaro buses, the transaction is confirmed by the flashes of the four LEDs on the validator, followed by a short beep and the message “Călătorie plăcută!” (“Have a nice trip!”), displayed on the validator screen.
In the night trams (1 and 10) and in tram 41, the transaction is confirmed by the message “APROBAT” (‘APROVED’), displayed on the green screen of the validator. Successive flashes of the four LEDs on the validator confirm the correct readout of the data on the card and the approval of the transaction.
If the screen goes red and the message ‘DECLINAT’ (‘Declined”) is displayed, the transaction was not approved and the trip must be paid by alternative means.
Multiple validation can be done only by choosing the specific option so that there is no risk to validate multiple times by accidentally bringing the bank card close to the validator. In the Otokar and hybrid Mercedes Citaro buses, the multiple validation is performed by pressing the “+” button, and in the night trams (1 and 10) and in tram 41, the operation is performed by pressing the “Start” key, after the card has been previously validated for one person.
At the request of the STB SA cotrollers, passengers must bring their bank card closer to the equipment used to validate the bank card, in the Otokar and Mercedes Citaro hybrid buses, and in the night trams (1 and 10) and in tram 41, passengers must communicate to the STB SA controllers the last 4 digits of their card so that the STB SA controllers can verify whether the payment for the trip has been made.