year’s end, mobile payment will be accepted on all public buses in
Hangzhou, making the city the first in China to do so on all its buses
and consolidating its reputation as a mobile application pioneer.
Hangzhou Public Transportation Group, the city’s main public
transportation service provider, announced on Tuesday that it will have
mobile payment terminals in its 5,000 downtown buses by the end of June
and in the remaining 3,000 buses in outlying districts by the end of
"Mobile payment is accepted and used by Hangzhou’s residents in their
daily life in areas like shopping, eating, taking a taxi-all except for
taking a bus," said Weng Jun, deputy general manager of the group.
Almost 3.9 million passenger trips are made on public buses daily in
Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, and cash accounts for 48 percent
of total fare income, about 1.7 million yuan ($247,000) a day.
The company launched a trial run of the mobile payment system on its
No 506 route on Aug 1.
"Only a dozen passengers, mainly young people, used the mobile payment
every day at first. Gradually, the number grew to 200," Weng said.
The trial run was extended to more lines and buses. "More than 800
buses on 30 lines have had terminals installed. The results met our
expectations, pushing us to formally launch the move on all buses."
"Passengers can use Alipay and UnionPay flash payment cards on this
terminal. ApplePay, SamsungPay, HuaweiPay, MiPay and AndroidPay can be
used with smartphones or wearables like watches and electronic
bracelets," said Liu Xiaojie, general manager of public services at Ant
Traditional cash payments and city transport cards will be kept to
meet the needs of those who might be unfamiliar with mobile payment,
like older riders.
UnionPay provides several security policies and measures to secure
payments and accounts, the company said.
"Passengers put the UnionPay card on the terminal, and the machine can
read the card automatically without signature and password. Security is
the main concern," said Fan Hang, deputy general manager in Zhejiang for