Panel: ‘Contactless Smart Cards for Transit Fare Payment: A Paradigm Shift’

MTA New York City Transit is exploring an option that permits payment of fare at the point of entry using a standard, bank-issued contactless smart card device. This is a paradigm shift from traditional approaches to fare collection in which transit agencies issue fare media and tickets that are integral to a stand-alone, custom-designed fare collection system. Panelists will review this paradigm shift and explore some of its implications.

Featured Panelists:

Randy Vanderhoof, Smart Card Alliance

Gregory Garback, Smart Card Alliance

Burt Willhem, MasterCard Worldwide

Steve Frazzini, MTA NYC Transit

Paul Korczak, MTA NYC Transit


How Cities Stopped Panicking About Fare Evasion and Made Transit Faster

All-door boarding could significantly speed up bus rides for millions of New Yorkers, but MTA officials have refused to endorse it as citywide practice, citing “the very real threat of fare evasion.” Transit agencies in other cities, meanwhile, aren’t hiding behind that excuse. Speaking at TransitCenter last night, transportation officials from Boston, San Francisco, London, and Oslo shared how their […]