Google Pay adds support for transit passes and tickets

Starting today, Google Pay is gaining support for transit tickets and passes for the Las Vegas Monorail. When you're ready to ride, wake up your phone, hold it to the fare gate, and wait for the blue check mark to appear on your device-no need to wait in line, rifle through your wallet for your ticket, or even open the Google Pay app. It relies on Google Pay's support for NFC transactions, building on the short-range wireless chip increasingly present in many smartphones. At launch, the app only supported debit and credit cards, but Google's now expanding the service to include transport tickets and passes.

Here's how to set it up: make sure you're running the latest version of the Google Pay app, purchase a ticket on the Las Vegas Monorail website, then save it to the app.

With numerous mobile payments systems out there to choose between Google Pay is making another attempt to be the most essential in your pocket by promising to absorb your transit tickets too.

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Once the ticket is added to Google Pay, you'll see locations it's accepted at, where the nearest station is, and a breakdown of your recent trips. The Las Vegas Monorail is an ideal first partner for Google Pay. The first deployment of this integrated platform went live on 19 March with the Las Vegas Monorail.

Vanessa Coleman