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Transit Open Payments Resources

Smart cards are used worldwide in transportation applications, with millions of smart cards in use for both transit fare payment and parking fee payment. In the U.S., most major metropolitan areas have smart card systems in use in fare collection, all of them proprietary systems provided on a turnkey basis.

In the past few years, U.S. and Canadian transit agencies have been making plans to move or have moved to accepting open bank card payments–accepting contactless bank cards for fare payment directly at the customer’s point of entry into the transit system (e.g., at the subway gate or on a bus). The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) was the first agency to implement a complete open bank card payment system for transit fare payment in the United States, with system operational in 2009. In 2011, the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Chicago Transit Authority, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority have active procurements associated with building new fare collection systems that accept open bank card payments.

The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council developed this resources page for transit agencies to access up-to-date information on North American transit programs implementing contactless open payments. If you have suggestions for new content or links, please send them to transit-info@smartcardalliance.org.

Transit Agency Procurements–Reference Documents

Current Transit Open Payments Implementations and Pilots

Smart Card Alliance Resources