SamTrans riders will soon be able to purchase their bus fare from their smartphones

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SamTrans customers will soon be able to purchase their bus fare and plan their trips from their smart phone devices after the SamTrans board of directors approved a $478,000, two-year contract for a mobile app on Wednesday.

Seattle-based Bytemark, Inc. was contracted to launch the SamTrans Mobility App Solution, which is expected to go live on Sept. 1, according to the transit agency.

The app will offer One-way and Day Pass tickets for adults, youth and eligible discount (senior, disabled and Medicare cardholders) riders, and will also provide real-time arrival/departure information for SamTrans and other transit systems.

“The Mobility App will run on iOS and Android operating systems and will accept major credit and debit cards, the transit agency said.

Shortly after the September launch, the Mobility App will also allow for the purchase of parking tickets for the Colma/BART parking lot.