Contactless EMV payments are being recognized the world over as an essential way to modernize fare collection, improve rider experience and encourage more widespread public transport use. While transit agencies and operators are acutely aware of the urgency to get to “destination contactless,” their route from A to B is not clear. […]
The California Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, is “on track to have at least several more” open-loop pilots or demonstration projects, a spokeswoman for the program told Mobility Payments. […]
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. […]
California transportation officials are hearing strong demand among transit agencies in the state to move to open-loop payments, a person handling communications for the state Department of Transportation’s California’s Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, which is helping agencies procure the fare-collection technology, told Mobility Payments. […]
Ohio-based NEORide consortium, a regional transit group that among other things, handles mobile-ticketing fare collection for 13 transit agencies in the U.S. states of Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan, is seeking to reduce cash from its members buses. It’s the latest agency or group to do so.
As the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, sees it, the state’s more than 300 local transit agencies offer a fragmented and inefficient mix of fare collection systems–a fact it says discourages many potential riders among the state’s nearly 40 million residents from taking public transit. […]
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. […]
California public bus agency Monterey-Salinas Transit last month officially launched a six-month “demonstration” project to pilot contactless open-loop payments. While the agency is very small, providing only around 3,500 rides per day last year, the launch holds much greater significance. […]