Open Fare Payment Systems Convenient for Riders, Transit Systems

For the past three years, the transit industry has been buzzing about open fare payment, a system that lets riders pay fares using a smart card-based bank card, such as a debit or credit card, instead of an agency-issued fare card. Riders simply tap the card on a fare gate or farebox, which reads the card, and the charge for the fare appears on their credit card bill.

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (N.Y. MTA) and Salt Lake City-based Utah Transit Authority (UTA) were two of the first agencies to test the system and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Toronto Transit Commission and the London Underground are all looking into the system. (full article)

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