USA: Philadelphia transport operator SEPTA has launched a mobile ticketing pilot programme, offering families and occasional travellers the ability to purchase a QR code ticket for up to five people travelling together using its smartphone app.

Key Tix is not intended to replace SEPTA’s Key Cards, but to provide an option for infrequent users who want to enjoy the same benefits, including one free transfer per trip. The launch ‘makes SEPTA more convenient for customers looking to pay for their trips in advance without purchasing a physical card’, said CEO & General Manager Leslie S Richards.

Key Tix is currently valid on metro, light rail and bus services, with expansion to suburban rail lines planned for later this year.

SEPTA is also planning to accept contactless bank cards and mobile payment services Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay in the coming months.