Metrocard Program

The Metrocard program is demonstrating the use of a stored value fare card to pay fares on the buses of three operators in the Los Angeles area. With a Metrocard, a passenger prepays an amount for bus fares. The passenger determines how much stored value to place on the card. The validation equipment on board the bus reads the magnetic code on the card and subtracts the appropriate fare. The remaining value is displayed for the passenger. Metrocard has been developed as a demonstration of a seamless fare for the many operators in the Los Angeles Area, under the sponsorship of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Pilot testing of the Metrocard was performed in August 1993 by Culver CityBus. Metrocard was introduced in revenue service to the public in April 1994. Currently, Metrocard can be used on the buses of three operators in Los Angeles County: Foothill Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, and Culver CityBus. Recognizing the importance of these innovations to the transit industry, and continuing its efforts to promote further fare integration, the Federal Transit Administration has sponsored the monitoring of the Los Angeles Metrocard demonstration. The Metrocard monitoring period was the four months from September 1,1994 through December 31, 1994. The early start-up months were eliminated from the review period. Performance was monitored in three basic areas: Metrocard sales, usage characteristics, and equipment reliability. The monitoring efforts consisted of both primary and secondary data collection. A survey of Metrocard ticket users was conducted by the operators in early 1995. The trends in Metrocard sales and equipment reliability over the monitoring period were recorded and analyzed. These results will assist the local participants and other interested observers in understanding the Metrocard program and pursuing transferable components.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 52p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01104375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DTUM60-91-C-41020
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2008 10:11AM