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Contactless Payment Makes Riding DART Even Easier

By Tricia White 

To make traveling by public transport easier and more convenient, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) now accepts Contactless Payment on all bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar vehicles. Contactless Payment allows riders to pay for their DART transit fare with a contactless credit, debit card, or a payment-enabled mobile phone or wearable device.

The Contactless Payment option gives riders a new touch-free option for paying their fare, along with the GoPass® mobile app and GoPass® Tap card. Riders simply tap, ride, and go. 

The DART Contactless Payment system is built on Vix Pulse, an innovative multi-modal, multi-operator solution that unifies account-based ticketing and mobile and contactless payments into a secure, easy-to-operate and managed platform.

How it Works

DART riders can hold their contactless payment card or payment-enabled mobile device to any DART GoPass Tap card reader. GoPass Tap readers are located on the platforms at rail stations, onboard DART buses, and on Dallas Streetcar vehicles. When you see a green check mark and hear the chime, you know your payment has been accepted. Riders must tap their card or device every time they board for a valid fare. 

There is no need to select a fare. The GoPass Tap system automatically selects the best Adult Local fare for the rider.

Credit and debit cards issued on the Visa®, Mastercard®, American Express®, and Discover® networks are currently accepted. Digital wallets on a smartphone, smart watch, or other wearable device are supported, including Google Pay™, Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay®, and Fitbit Pay™. If a credit/debit card has a chip but is not contactless, it can be linked to a digital wallet and used with a mobile device.

Fare Capping

DART riders can enjoy the benefits of fare capping by registering their contactless payment method at GoPass.org. With fare capping on a contactless payment, you never pay more than the total cost of a Local Adult Day Pass in a single day.

As a local rider, after spending a total of $6 on any one day, customers won’t be charged another fare until the following day. With a registered contactless payment method, riders will never spend more than the total cost of a monthly pass ($96) in a calendar month. Each calendar month, after purchasing 16 Day Passes or the equivalent, riders won’t be charged another fare until the end of that month.

Fare capping offers the discount of a monthly pass to riders, even if they don’t have the ability to pay for a monthly pass upfront.

Contactless Payment customers can view the transaction history of their contactless credit or debit card, or the card associated with their mobile payment app on the website. 

For more information about Contactless Payment, please visit GoPass.org.

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