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. […]

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Trip-Planning Transit App Expands to Another Software-as-a-Service Ticketing Provider

The trip-planning app provider Transit has added another mobile-ticketing and payments provider as it continues to seek to enable users to plan, book and pay for rides from its app. It already works with at least three other software-as-a-service mobile-ticketing providers. […]

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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. […]

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Debate: Is the Industry–and Technology–Ready for Hands-Free, Be-In/Be-Out Fare Payments?

It’s no secret that interest is growing in “touchless transit” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. So technologies that enable fully hands-free fare payments, letting passengers be-in/be-out, or BIBO, are getting a serious look–as transit agencies seek to let more customers bring their own fare media and minimize passenger interaction with agency staff. […]

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Taiwan’s EasyCard Chief Sees Little Threat to Fare Payments Business from Fintechs

EasyCard Corp., Taiwan’s dominant transit e-purse, is not worried about fintechs taking away a significant share of its fare payments business and, in fact, is in talks to work with the country’s most popular e-payments fintech, Jkopay, the head of EasyCard said. […]

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