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Key Takeaway:

Two more small transit agencies in California have launched open-loop payments pilots under a state initiative to help agencies procure the hardware and software they need to roll out open-loop fare payments.

Key Data:

Transit agencies in the state have to accommodate their unbanked and underbanked customers, which according to at least some state officials combine to make up 25%, even 30% of the state’s population. Many of these people do not have credit or debit cards.

Organizations Mentioned:

• Santa Barbara MTD
• Clean Air Express
• CalSTA
• Elavon
• Kuba

California transportation officials announced two more pilots for their open-loop payments initiative, Cal-ITP, bringing to four the number of six-month “demonstration” projects they have launched with small transit agencies and vendors.

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