York Region Transit/Viva to Launch Mobile Fare Payments on July 1


York Region Transit/Viva has announced they will move to paperless tickets and passes starting July 1, 2017. The change will also include a new mobile payment app called YRT/Viva Pay, available for iOS and Android users soon.

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YRT/Viva says users can pay for fares with a PRESTO card or the upcoming YRT/Viva mobile app, with the latter releasing on July 1 in the App Store (iOS 8+ required) and Google Play (Android 4.4+ required). Cash fares will remain.

Not much has been shared yet about the YRT/Viva Pay app, other than it “will allow customers to purchase YRT/Viva fares anywhere, anytime, through the convenience of their smartphones.”

Apple is set to allow developer apps on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to read NFC NDEF tags. However, the YRT/Viva Pay iOS app most likely will not have this available.

Let us know if you’re looking to making mobile fare payments on YRT/Viva. We’ll find out more about how the iOS app will work on July 1, 2017.

Thanks Donald!


  • Scott Blyth

    There won’t be any third party payment apps using NFC until Apple allows writing- can’t do as much when you can read tags but not respond to them.

  • Many99

    To bad it’s not for presto, presto has said they are working on a mobile solution that might be available early next year but they’ve been saying that working on a mobile solution for the last 3 years

  • mxmgodin

    Presto card readers are technically compatible with contactless payment cards so it would be possible to pay for a single fare directly by simply tapping your credit card (or by using contactless payment platforms like Apple Pay or Android Pay).

    Transport for London, in the UK, already support it on their Oyster Card readers, and advertised heavily Apple Pay as a method of payment when the service became available in the UK.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve read about TTC/Metrolinx saying they would implement this option in the future, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s the TTC, after all…

  • Montrice Martin

    not looking forward to this because ttc that operate in york region does not recognize that you tapped presto with monthly pass and charges you again when your in titled to two hours. This not fare what is one to do.

    Concerned User!!