All public transport systems require a means to collect passenger fares. However, the implementation of a fare collection system, however, is more than a technological choice. By using an integrated system, transit authorities can gather data in order to optimize pricing and passenger traffic.


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Today, fare collection technologies involve the latest electronic payment systems, ranging from magnetic stripe and smart card to systems allowing payments and validation via smart phones. Each option has its advantages and drawbacks, depending on the needs of each transit agency. At WSP, we have the experience and expertise to know what the best fare collection system is for your specific case.

WSP helps transit agencies in defining operating system characteristics and preparing equipment specifications. We help manage activities ranging from inspection, testing and acceptance of full production runs. Examples of our work can be found all over the world, from Honolulu and Phoenix to Hong Kong and Singapore.

Putting Our Experience to Work for You

With our knowledge of the different technologies, we also develop business plans for public transportation agencies and help them define operations and program needs. We can build models to test whether your transit system would be best served by a distance travelled pricing model, or if a standard flat rate price is a better fit. Present and future needs help us identify the appropriate collection system, in line with the expectations of both transportation agencies and passengers. In Seattle, we were able to determine that the smart card technology as the best fit for the integration of the Swift BRT’s fare collection system.

We understand that a fare collection system does not only involve the integration of technology butalso the people who will use the system every day. We take into account the actual and potential passengers traffic, and make recommendations for the integration of ticket-vending machines and ticket-validators at the best locations.