Google Pay is now your Las Vegas monorail ticket
The Google Pay application has a new practical feature: transport tickets.
At launch, this feature is only available for the Las Vegas Monorail, but Google plans to roll out support for transit systems in other cities “soon”.
Here’s how it works in Sin City: Go to the Las Vegas Monorail site and buy a ticket, then save it in the Google Pay app. Note that this feature currently only works on Android phones with the latest version of Google Pay.
Once you’ve saved your ticket, you’ll see useful information in the app, such as the location of the nearest monorail station, your recent transactions, and your journeys. When you’re ready to ride, wake up your phone, hold it in front of the gate, and wait for the blue tick to appear on your device – no need to queue, rummage through your wallet for your ticket, or even open the Google Pay app.
“Crowded public transport can completely derail your day, especially when you’re queuing to buy a ticket and the train speeds by,” Prakash Hariramani, Google Pay Group Product Manager, wrote in a blog post. . “But the next time you travel to Las Vegas, you can skip the lines and get there faster with Google Pay.”
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For more information on using Google Pay to ride the Las Vegas Monorail, see this support article.
In February, Google unified its payment systems, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, under one brand, Google Pay, to make the payment experience “simpler, safer and more consistent”. In addition to serving as a digital pass for the Las Vegas Monorail, Google Pay lets you store virtual versions of your payment cards and then use your phone to buy goods at participating retailers.
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