Can Transit Agencies Quit Closed Loop after Rolling Out Open-Loop Payments?

Apple Pay at TfL terminal

A panel of industry experts squared off for a first-of-its-kind debate about the pros and cons of open-loop payments, tackling a range of issues–from whether transit agencies can completely eliminate their closed-loop programs in favor of open loop, to costs agencies should be ready to incur when rolling out the technology. […]

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MaaS App Trial in Sydney to Include Numerous Subscription Plans, Separate Booking for Private Mobility Services

Tram in Sydney

The New South Wales government in Sydney has released more details about its “Opal Plus” mobility-as-a-service trial, which will offer a large number of weekly subscription plans that bundle rides on the metro, trains, trams and buses in the Australian state. In addition, users will apparently have to book rides with private mobility providers separately. […]

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Groundbreaking System to Check Eligibility for Fare Discounts Doesn’t Support NFC Wallets; Agency Head Promises Fix

Visa card being tapped on MST terminal.

California bus agency Monterey-Salinas Transit recently launched what is believed to be the first system of its kind globally that enables customers to verify their eligibility for fare discounts online, then instantly link that eligibility to a standard contactless open-loop credit or debit card. […]

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Special Report: Interest Grows in ‘White-Label EMV’ for Closed-Loop Transit Cards

Woman holds up new SL closed-loop card based on white-label EMV.

As more transit agencies introduce open-loop fare payments, interest is starting to grow in use of white-label EMV cards that agencies can issue in place of proprietary closed-loop cards for riders who don’t have bank cards or don’t want to use them to pay fares. […]

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