Account-based ticketing will be introduced on MTS buses and light rail.

USA: San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has awarded a contract to Init for the supply of an account-based fare collection system, with an option to operate and maintain it.

Due to be rolled out in 2021, the system will use Init’s MOBILEvario back-office software. Init will supply 100 cash and 70 cashless VENDstation ticket vending machines, as well as mobile sales units and 900 PROXmobil fare validators for use on buses and at light rail stops. The validators will accept MTS-branded smartcards as well as open payments such as bank cards and mobile wallets using Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

‘Fare collection is at the core of our business and purchasing options are more diverse than ever’, said MTS CEO Paul Jablonski. ‘It’s incumbent that we keep pace with the technology our customers demand.’