OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A new COVID-era app, enables touchless pay for riders on AC Transit.

The new Beta AC Transit Mobile App eliminates the need to touch fareboxes, money, lines through a ‘secure contactless payment’ feature.

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The new app launched Monday and will be remain beta mode for 90 days to allow its engineering teem to fine-tune its “performance, predictive accuracy, and scalability,” said AC Transit in a press release.

Riders can use the app to buy “tickets,” and, with a tap on their phone, activate a Mobile Pass, show it to the bus driver and proceed onboard.

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The transportation agency resumed fare collection Monday, after it stopped taking fares in late March due to the pandemic, and says has been losing $1 million in revenue every week.

“We employed considerable research, including COVID-19 studies on the importance of hand hygiene,” said AC Transit. “Some public health guidance recommends limited touching of surfaces. Other research reveals that rider health concerns extend to handling cash.”

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For more information on AC Transit’s beta Mobile App visit actransit.org.