The scope of the TriMet-led e-fare project included the implementation of an open payments fare structure that allows regional ridership across three agencies and two states. Riders can pay for fares using a contactless bank card, mobile wallet such as Android Pay, Apple Pay or Google Pay, as well as with a virtual smart card within Google Pay and Apple Wallet. TriMet, INIT, and moovel worked to enable this ground-breaking development. They simply tap their phone on any of the 1,200 INIT validators and hop on board the Portland Streetcar, C-TRAN buses, including The Vine, TriMet’s buses, MAX light rail and WES Commuter Rail.
INIT’s back-end processing software, MOBILEvario, serves as the core intelligence for the account-based and open payment fare system. It manages and processes fares in real-time, recognizes and processes revenue sharing, as well as manages accounts and automates reconciliations for all three agencies. Off-line processing is another added benefit of the INIT system. In the event of a network outage, fare payments can still be processed ensuring revenues are not lost.
The solution encompasses a fully integrated fleet management, real-time passenger information and electronic fare collection system.