The decision to move away from the current manual mechanized fare collection system to a modernized automatic fare collection (AFC) system generated this study. This report is one in a series of 9 reports resulting from an evaluation of AFC technology carried out by Arthur D. Little, Ince., for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The evaluation assessed the technical and cost aspects of alternative AFC system concepts for use in the New York subway, bus, and commuter rail systems along with the marketing and revenue aspects of these alternatives. Overall, the study recommends that: 1) the cornerstone of the MTA AFC system be the magnetic card; 2) the initial AFC systems be simple, rugged, and well-proven; 3) the establishment of a fare collection equipment group; and 4) the use of the private sector as much as possible for systems, hardware, and service. While much of the technology evaluated in this study applied to all modes, different sets of alternative system concepts for each mode were examined and are reported in the following volumes: Volume 1A--Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for Subway and Bus; Volume 1B--Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for Commuter Rail; Volume 2--Technology Assessment; Volume 3A--Evaluation of System Concepts for Subway and Bus; Volume 3B--Evaluation of system Concepts for Commuter Rail; Volume 4A--Station and Vehicle Modifications for Commuter Rail; and Volume 5--Test and Evaluation of Bus-Mounted Automatic Fare Collection Equipment and Volume 5 Appendices. Appendices for Volumes 3A and 3B are available from all UMTA/UMTRIS Repositories/Regional Centers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Little (Arthur D), Incorporated

    Acorn Park
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Jeffreys, D C
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 197 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451517
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-NY-0088-85-3
  • Contract Numbers: UMTA-NY-09-0088
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM