The “Beijing yikatong” mini program started trail operation on WeChat on September 12.
The program supports the QR code payment for citizens to take more than 5,000 buses of over 500 bus lines in Tongzhou, Changping, Shunyi, Miyun, Daxing and Pinggu districts of Beijing. By the end of this year, the program will also be piloted at the bus lines of some downtown districts.
After opening an electronic bus card via the “Beijing yikatong” mini program on WeChat on smartphone, citizens can enjoy the convenient service of QR code scanning bus ride and the same preferential treatment to a yikatong bus card holder. The opening is free of charge and the electronic bus card is not prepaid.
When getting on and off a bus, passengers can either open “Beijing yikatong” at Mini Programs or find the electronic bus card at “Me-Cards & Offers” on WeChat to scan a QR code for a ride.
To ensure smooth scanning, passengers are suggested putting the QR code just in front of the POS machine’s scanning area on the bus and keeping it 5 cm away from the machine. The whole scanning process lasts within 0.2 second without access to network, which greatly meets the fast-traffic requirement of Beijing’s public transport with a large passenger flow.
It is noteworthy that the mini program allows passengers to make up for forgetting to scan the QR code when getting off the bus and pay for the actual ride fee, instead of paying for a full ticket fare ride when using a yikatong bus card and forgetting to swiping the card.