TransLink picks supplier for planned “smart card” fare-payment system
A corporate group has been selected by TransLink to create and run an electronic fare-collection system for the region’s public transportation network.
TransLink announced today (December 9) that Cubic Transportation Systems and IBM Canada put forward the successful bid.
The “smart card” and faregate system will be intended to deter fare evasion and improve safety, according to the regional transit authority. It is expected to be up and running by 2013.
“TransLink’s new system is expected to increase the efficiency, effectiveness and security of the transit network by providing a convenient and seamless ”˜one card’ approach for customers to travel all modes of transit,” reads a news release.
“As well faregates will provide a visual and physical deterrent to entering the system without payment.”
“The new system will also accept contactless bank-issued cards for tourists, casual riders and others and will allow TransLink to collect important trip and ridership data to enable more coordinated system planning and deployment.”
The project has an estimated price tag of around $171 million. Of that, the provincial and federal governments have committed to jointly providing up to $70 million.
The system will cover SkyTrain, bus, SeaBus, rail, and HandyDart services.
The contract with the Cubic/IBM team has yet to be finalized.
Two other bidders—Serco/Parkeon and Thales/Octopus—were considered during a request-for-proposal process.
Cubic Transportation Systems has worked on metropolitan fare-collection systems in such cities as Los Angeles, London, and San Francisco.
TransLink also held a contest to pick a name for the new fare card, receiving more than 54,000 submissions. The winner is expected to be revealed in January 2011.
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