Canadian City to Launch Its First Closed-Loop Contactless Card Rollout Today

Edmonton bus ETS

Canada’s fifth largest city, Edmonton, launches its first electronic fare card today, with the closed-loop contactless Arc card becoming available for standard adult fares. An open-loop payments service will eventually follow, Cameron Grayson, director, transit innovation programs for the Edmonton Transit Service, or ETS, told Mobility Payments in a statement. […]

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Special Report: More Agencies Taking Modular Approach to Build Their Fare Systems, Shunning Single-Supplier Model

Metrolinx presto

Transit agencies planning to roll out new electronic fare-collection systems have typically hired automated fare-collection vendors to handle the entire projects, from supplying the validators and payments processing to building or procuring the back office and integrating the various parts into a complete system. […]

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Milwaukee Transit Agency Announces More Details of New Fare-Collection Project Using Cubic’s Umo Platform

Milwaukee bus

The Milwaukee County Transit System today announced its plans to launch its new fare-collection system using the Umo Mobility platform from Cubic Transportation Systems in the fall. The system will support mobile fare payments and closed-loop contactless cards, as well as open-loop payments, though it’s not clear when the open-loop service will actually launch. […]

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Multiple Vendors Disqualified in Bidding to Supply Open-Loop Technology for California’s ‘Mobility Marketplace’

Buses in downtown LA

A number of well-known industry vendors that bid on two much-anticipated contracts from the state of California to the supply open-loop payments technology to transit agencies statewide were disqualified last month, mostly for failing to meet strict administrative requirements, documents reveal. […]

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Rome Operator: Covid Accelerates Demand for Contactless but Customer Habits Hard to Change

The CIO of Italy’s largest public transit operator, ATAC SpA, said the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated demand for open-loop contactless and mobile payments, but added that old habits are hard to break for customers and use of cash and paper tickets are still popular. […]

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