The STM is taking strides to modernise its infrastructure and fare collecting system. The installation of elevators at several stations and the long-awaited extension of the blue line are perhaps some of the most anticipated projects.
It was also announced a few months that the STM would be taking steps to update its validators, the machines that you use to scan your OPUS card or fare ticket. We now know when this update will be inaugurated.
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TL;DR The STM has announced that you will be able to pay for your fare with your smartphone by 2022.
In January the STM announced a string of new features that would be introduced in the next few years. Among them is the update of the card validators, which would allow passengers to board through rear doors.
These validators were also rumoured to allow commuters to pay by credit or debit, instead of an OPUS card.
Many cities such as Paris already allow users to pay for their fare with their smartphone.
The STM confirmed in a tweet that the Montreal transit system would soon be following suit. They stated:
"We are already working on it! The #STM is aiming to allow open payment by bank card, either in its physical form or on a smartphone, on the entirety of the validators around 2022."
This is really good news for those of us who always forget to renew their monthly pass on time and then need to scramble for change. It will also make boarding buses much faster.