Closed-loop fare card systems were once a practical solution to the problems posed by cash-only fares or paper tickets. Although they required transit agencies to create their own fare media, they eliminated the need for passengers to carry cash. Closed-loop fare systems were also faster than credit cards, which, at the time, could take as long as 20 seconds or more to process.
New technologies, however, offer transit agencies a solution that meets the expectations of modern riders, one that has been widely adopted throughout European and Asian transit agencies: contactless, open-loop payments.
This Solution Guide offers a comprehensive overview of the main features to look for in an automated fare collection solution, outlines what the implementation process entails, and explains how to select the right vendor.
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