Implementation of Smart Card Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Technology in Small Transit Agencies for Standards Development

Smart card automatic fare collection (AFC) technology provides improved and more frequent passenger data flow and bus stop data. However, small transit agencies cannot afford the cost of expensive proprietary smart card solutions typically offered by the major suppliers of fare collection systems. Deployment of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Contactless Fare Media System (CFMS) Standard eliminates the proprietary solution, thereby driving down the cost of implementation. A standards-based solution also offers inter-agency compatibility of fare payment systems. IN this project, Acumen implemented the APTA CFMS on a small rural agency system. Acumen chose the existing proprietary Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) system for standards implementation. Acumen implemented the APTA Contactless Fare Media Standard on the YCIPTA bus system as follows: modified existing smart card readers; enabled passengers to select upgrading their smart card data structure; implemented an agency central computer system; implemented a regional computer system; implemented an online Internet connection to a credit card payment processor; and successfully operated a 90-day pilot of all implementations on the YCAT bus system. These features can be implemented at other small and rural agencies.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This Transit IDEA project was conducted by Acumen Building Enterpise, Inc.
  • Authors:
    • Allen, Walter E
    • Murray, Robert D
  • Publication Date: 2016-9


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; References;
  • Pagination: 36p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01642993
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Transit IDEA Project 79
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 2 2017 9:46AM