The goal of the Regional Working Group (RWG) was to set up a regional fare structure that would incorporate three agencies, while allowing each to pick and choose from a combination of fare media options. The choices were as varied as the agencies themselves. Some wanted only passes and closed loop cards, while others opted for open payments, smart cards and/or mobile tickets. Additionally, special consideration for integration with different Long-Term Evolution (LTE) carriers as well as various vehicle layouts and internal Internet Protocol (IP) schemes was part of the scope.
Individual vehicle hard and software configurations had to be taken into account because incorporation with their respective vendors was necessary to build a fully integrated solution. The EFM system would also need to easily operate in tandem with third party CAD/AVL systems, general ledger applications, and legacy backend applications.
The installation of fare validators on nearly 400 vehicles ranging from fixed route buses, to historical streetcars, to beach trolleys would be part of the challenge, but the RWG chose to partner with INIT for the company’s experience with implementing successful regional account-based fare systems globally.
The scope of the RWG project includes the installation of INIT’s PROXmobile3 fare validators on nearly 400 vehicles. The validators serve as real-time ticket validators for mobile 2D barcodes while supporting contactless EMV fare cards (open payments), branded regional fare media (closed loop) and third party contactless ID media, e.g. college IDs.
- Increased operational efficiencies through reduced costs of cash handling and improved boarding times.
- More fare payment options through smart cards and mobile tickets.
- Higher security with account-based fares.