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‘No Way We were Going to Ask for Half a Billion Dollars…’

By:  Dan Balaban Unlike other major transit agencies in the U.S., which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars replacing or upgrading their fare-collection systems, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken a different approach. Related stories, automatically selected:  Masabi Seeks to Expand Beyond Mobile Ticketing and to Sign Up Large Agencies, Stoking …

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Fairtiq App Sees Rising Usage as Covid-Era Riders Demand More ‘Touchless’ and PAYG Fare Options

By:  Dan Balaban Switzerland-based start-up Fairtiq said transactions for its fare-payments technology have more than double since February, as Covid-wary riders continue to seek what they consider to be more hygienic payments methods, as well as more pay-as-you-go options. Related stories, automatically selected:  Germany’s Largest Transit Operator Continues with Large Open-Loop Pilot on Buses; No …

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Germany’s Largest Transit Operator Continues with Large Open-Loop Pilot on Buses; No Decision Yet on Rollout

By:  Dan Balaban Germany’s largest transit operator, BVG, said its pilot of contactless EMV payments extends to all of its nearly 1,500 buses, and the company has eliminated cash acceptance on board the vehicles, a spokesman confirmed to Mobility Payments. But officials in Berlin have not yet decided whether to make the contactless payments service permanent, …

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While Interest is Growing in Going Cashless in U.S., Few Agencies have Accomplished the Feat So Far

By:  Dan Balaban The Greater Dayton RTA, which this month stopped accepting paper passes and tickets, will hit its Nov. 1 deadline to go completely cashless on board its vehicles, an agency representative confirmed to Mobility Payments. Related stories, automatically selected:  Case Study: Ohio Transit Agency Nears Goal of Ridding Vehicles of Cash Fairtiq App Sees …

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Panel: Closed-Loop Payments Expected to Remain an Option for Years to Come Despite Growth of Open Loop

By:  Dan Balaban While the trend today is for more transit agencies to introduce open-loop fare payments, closed-loop cards, either in physical form or dematerialized on smartphones and wearables, will be with us for many years to come–though perhaps in a reduced role. That’s according to a recent panel discussion at the Mobility Payments Asia …

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Dallas Latest City in U.S. to Accept Open-Loop Fare Payments

By:  Dan Balaban Dallas Area Rapid Transit, or DART, has become the latest transit agency in the U.S. to accept contactless open-loop payments, joining just four other U.S. agencies that support the technology, not counting small open-loop pilots happening in California. Related stories, automatically selected:  Cal-ITP: Agencies in California Could Hold ‘Several More’ Open-Loop Fare …

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Sydney Transit Official: Opal Card Not Going Away, Despite Growth of Contactless

By:  Dan Balaban Sydney-based Transport for New South Wales, Australia’s largest transit agency, has no plans to phase out or de-emphasize its closed-loop Opal card, despite strong adoption of contactless open-loop Related stories, automatically selected:  Transport Officials in Sydney See Growing Demand for Contactless Fare Payments but Have No Plans to Retire Closed-Loop Opal Sydney …

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Transport for London to Offer Weekly Fare Capping with Oyster Cards; Move Expected to Drive Even More Riders to Pay as You Go

By:  Dan Balaban In a move expected to make Transport for London’s pay-as-you-go model even more dominant and further erode support for season tickets and other period travel passes, the agency today said it will i Related stories, automatically selected:  Transport for London’s Lucrative Sponsorship Deal with Google Shows Value of ‘Point of Sale’ Real …

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In-Depth: Contactless Transactions Soar, but Transport for London Affirms that Oyster Will Remain Payments Option

By:  Dan Balaban Contactless open-loop payments have surged in recent months for Transport for London, returning to their steep growth trajectory before the pandemic, and now account for 70% of all pay-as-you-go, or PAYG, trips on the London Underground and two-thirds of PAYG trips on buses. And contactless has surpassed 50% of all trips–including those …

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Fifth Transit Agency to Conduct Open-Loop Payments Trial, Testing California’s ‘Mobility Marketplace’

By:  Dan Balaban California transit agency Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District said it plans to launch a pilot of contactless open-loop payments in early 2022, as it seeks to increase customer convenience and reduce use of cash on board its buses, NFC Times’ sister publication Mobility Payments has learned. Related stories, automatically selected:  UK Bus Operator Go-Ahead …

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