Los Angeles fare collection upgrade mobile app and account-based
LA Metro has been very creative and aggressive. After a couple of years in development, Los Angeles Metro’s new TAP wristbands are now available for transit riders, agency officials announced Monday. A limited number of them, dubbed TAP Flex, are being sold.
Furthermore, a $22m contract to upgrade its automatic fare collection system.
The TAP smart card, used across 25 regional transport agencies in the area, will be upgraded over the next 18 months. In addition to a mobile app, Cubic is to develop a cloud-based account. Branded TAPforce, this would enable no only smart card top-up, but also payment for other services being developed by Metro, such as bicycle sharing and parking.
In the longer term, the aim is to introduce mobile ticketing for NFC-enabled devices.
LA Metro is heading the right way to offer more services for the vertical market rather than investing in account-based ticketing and giveaway the business to Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay,..
Moving to mobile ticketing will give ultimate convenience for the public as there aren’t people with no smartphones today.
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