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San Diego invests in INIT electronic fares collection system


San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has contracted with INIT for the delivery of an account-based, open architecture electronic fare system, including operation and maintenance.


“Fare collection is at the core of our business and purchasing options are more diverse than ever. It’s incumbent that we keep pace with the technology our customers demand,” says Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer. “INIT has a track record of success partnering with transit agencies to develop customised next generation fare collection solutions. We look forward to rolling this out in 2021.”


INIT will also provide more than 100 cash and about 70 VENDstation cashless ticket vending machines (TVM) to facilitate the convenient purchase of tickets and fare media. Ticket office terminals and mobile sales units will be included in the project to allow MTS to sell fares during large events.


Additionally, INIT will deliver about 900 PROXmobil fare validators for use on MTS buses and at railway station platforms. The validators will accept closed-loop payments such as an MTS-branded smartcard and be capable of accepting open payments such as bank-issued debit/credit cards and mobile wallets using Google Pay, Apple Pay or Samsung Pay.


The core intelligence of MTS’s next generation fare system will be INIT’s back-office processing and revenue management solution, MOBILEvario, which uses an open architecture design to integrate with various third-party vendors for a fully unified system. MTS will have the ability to introduce a region-wide, interoperable fare structure.



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