The London transport network (TfL) says it is working closely with Apple to enable a new Apple Pay Express Transit function. Apple introduced Express Transit for the first time in iOS 12.3 earlier this month, allowing Apple Pay users to easily hold their devices on transit terminals without having to authenticate via Touch ID or Face ID. It is a very useful feature that accelerates entry into subway or train stations, and it is extremely fast compared to having to verify.
While Express Transit works for Suica cards in Japan, TriMet in Portland, the MTA of New York (from tomorrow) and Chinese transit cards in Beijing and Shanghai, London is missing on the list for now. "We have positive discussions with Apple about enabling express transit on Apple devices on the TfL network," said a TfL spokesperson in a statement The edge. "More information about timing and plans will be available at a future date."
This statement could be seen as a promise that this could happen in the future, but TfL becomes even clearer about it Twitter account, pointing out that the company "is working closely with Apple to introduce the benefits of this update to the London transport network in the coming months."
Once the Express Transit feature is enabled for London, you can select a map on your Apple Watch or iPhone that is specifically enabled to tap and go on Oyster terminals. It requires no authentication via Face ID or Touch ID, but this only works on supported public transport readers, so the security implications must be fairly low. Here's how fast it is in Japan: