At launch, Google Pay’s transit feature is only available for the Las Vegas Monorail, but Google plans to roll out support for systems in other cities ‘soon.’
The Google Pay app is getting a handy new feature: transit 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: head over to the Las Vegas Monorail site and purchase a ticket, then save it to the Google Pay app. Note that this feature only currently works on Android phones with the latest version of Google Pay.
Once you save your ticket, you’ll see helpful info in the app, like the location of the nearest Monorail station, your recent transactions, and trips. When you’re ready to ride, wake up your phone, hold it to the fare gate, and wait for the blue check mark to appear on your device—no need to wait in line, rifle through your wallet for your ticket, or even open the Google Pay app.
“Crowded public transportation can completely derail your day—especially when you’re standing in line to buy a ticket and the train whizzes by,” Google Pay Group Product Manager Prakash Hariramani wrote in a blog post. “But the next time you’re traveling around Las Vegas, you can skip the line and get there faster with Google Pay.”
For more information on how to use Google Pay to ride the Las Vegas Monorail, check out this support article.
Google in February unified its payment systems—including Android Pay and Google Wallet—into one brand, Google Pay, to make the checkout experience “simpler, safer and more consistent.” Aside from serving as your digital transit pass for the Las Vegas Monorail, Google Pay lets you store virtual versions of your payment cards, then use your phone to buy goods at participating retailers.