Public Transit Ticket Sales in Transit App Continue to Grow, though Make Up Small Share of Total Fare Revenue

Using Transit app at vending machine in Dayton

The Transit app has recorded nearly 2.5 million ticketing transactions since it began enabling transit agency customers to buy tickets in its trip-planning app in 2019, the app provider told Mobility Payments. More than 250,000 customers of 65 agencies have purchased tickets in the app during that time, Transit said. Those figures are up from […]

Read More

Collaboration with Uber and Lyft: Two Years on, Transactions Remain Low; Suspicions Run High over Data Sharing

Denver light rail train in snow

When the Regional Transportation District of Denver began enabling Uber to sell its bus and train tickets in May 2019-in the first integration of its kind in the world-it was seen as a rare example of a public transit agency and a private ride-sharing company putting competition aside and working together. […]

Read More

U.S. Transit Agency Eliminates Cash Acceptance on Board Its Vehicles as Planned

Greater Dayton RTA bus

In the run-up to the elimination of cash fares on board its fixed-route buses and trolleybuses today, the Greater Dayton RTA had reduced cash payments to less than 10% of all trips, while 92% of the trips were paid for with digital payments–either contactless closed-loop cards or mobile ticketing, the agency told Mobility Payments. […]

Read More

U.S. Transit Agency Introduces Scanning of Mobile Tickets, but Overall Move to Electronic Payments Progressing Slowly

Most mid-tier transit agencies in the U.S., like the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, or SORTA, in Cincinnati, still have to deal with high usage of cash and paper tickets on board their buses and other transit vehicles, even as the continuing pandemic increases pressure on them to move to more electronic forms of fare payments. […]

Read More

Masabi Seeks to Expand Beyond Mobile Ticketing and to Sign Up Large Agencies, Stoking More Competition with Suppliers Like Cubic

UK-based software-as-a-service ticketing provider Masabi said it is targeting large transit agencies in the U.S. and beyond, seeking to sell the agencies on plugging into its SaaS platform rather than building what Masabi contends are expensive and often protracted bespoke fare-collection systems, the vendor told Mobility Payments. […]

Read More

Google Launches Ticketing in Maps after Delays; but Search Giant Says It has No Plans to Build MaaS App

Google has finally enabled users to initiate purchases of public transit tickets from its Maps app, following delays. Meanwhile, rival trip-planning app providers Moovit and Transit have been quietly moving forward with signing up most of the same small U.S. transit agencies to sell tickets in their apps. […]

Read More

More Transit Agencies Seek to Eliminate Cash Using Retail Cash Points, Fintechs

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, elimination of cash has taken on greater urgency for transit agencies. Fare-collection system suppliers say they are seeing strong demand for cashless options, including linking their mobile ticketing and contactless closed-loop card products to retail networks where customers can use cash. […]

Read More