The Rapid recently awarded INIT a contract for the implementation of an electronic fare collection system. The Rapid operates the public transit bus service for the metropolitan area of Grand Rapids, Michigan and beyond. The contract between INIT and The Rapid calls for the execution of an account-based smart card and mobile ticketing solution which will improve The Rapid’s service offerings on its fixed-route lines. Vehicles will be equipped with INIT’s on-board ticket readers/validators to support multiple forms of payment including smart cards. Mobile tickets and EMV credit card payments will be added over time.
To manage the back-end processing and clearing of revenues, The Rapid will utilise INIT’s MOBILEvario software solution. This all-inclusive clearing-house system will provide The Rapid with a powerful online fare validation server and management tool that will deliver the seamless administration of customer relations, setting of fare rules, revenue processing and statistical evaluation reporting. As part of the project, integration with The Rapid’s existing third party vendors including current providers of their sales outlet terminals, platform validators, fareboxes, and mobile data terminals will be performed by INIT.