gehenna:spoonboy:That tech didn't exist when Snapper came out. At the time Snapper was well ahead of the game, and things could have been a lot different if it had been successful in its expansion to Auckland. Personally I don't really want to be using my actual bank card as contactless payments for public transport, it's highly susceptible to theft in that use case. At least with Snapper you're only topping up a small amount onto the card at a time (generally). Certainly Apple Pay and the like are good candidates though.
This whole story of Snapper is just one big mistake.
There is absolutely no need in some special "transport" card.
Just use regular visa paywave or similar technology from mastercard and stop wasting millions on Snapper. Pretty much any new CC issued in NZ has it. The money could be better spend on drivers and vehicles.
First, the paywave card has limits on a single purchase of 80$ or something like this.
Second, the visa provides special warranty on contactless payments, so, that you could easily return the money.
I use it everywhere and feel much more secure than with the Snapper tag on/tag off process where you never know if the transaction was actually done correctly and you'll not be penalised on your next trip.
Now, regarding how good the snapper is. Just look at the success of FinTech startups all around. Snapper got a fantastic starting position effectively becoming an exclusive payment solution for the metropolitan transport. And what has been done in 10 years? Almost nothing visible. The only improvement I can see is that you can top up it from your mobile now. What happened to all the promises that Snapper will open their card to other vendors? Where is the SDK? Where are the impressive new features? It is still pretty much just a bus ticket card. Why would I use it in a cafe if I can pay by CC, the money will be taken only 30 days later and I get 1% rebate or air points?
Snapper team was just enjoying their almost monopoly position on the market for 10 years doing almost nothing . And at the same time, there were attempts to cut the bus drivers salaries and the ticket prices doubled.