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Transit moves to open fare payment


METRO reported in its Feb./March issue on transit agencies laying the groundwork for open fare payment systems. These systems use technology that enables credit cards or mobile devices to communicate by touching them to or bringing them into close contact with fare boxes.

This year, METRO checked in on the progress the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is making as it moves toward implementing its own open payment system in 2015. Meanwhile, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has plans to open a system in 2014. Both agencies anticipate gains in time and data that will help them better plan schedules and routes. (full article)

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