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Widespread adoption of open payments has “remained elusive” for U.S. transit agencies, with only a handful of agencies having rolled out the technology, according to a new report. Among the reasons are high interchange rates. The Brookings Institution report points to other problems for agencies, including the need to serve low-income customers, riders entitled to concessionary discounts and an uncompetitive supplier landscape.

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Table: Breakdown of Merchant Service Changes by Type

• Table: Breakdown of Transactions by Scheme and Payment Type

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• Brookings Institution
Monterey-Salinas Transit
SacRT (Sacramento)

Open-loop payments can improve the customer experience, helping transit agencies to win back customers in a post-pandemic world, while also reducing cash-handling costs and speeding up boarding times, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution, a major think tank in the U.S.

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