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October 21, 2011
The contract for SEPTA's new "smart card" fare-payment system may not be awarded until next month. A SEPTA board committee was expected to review the bids Thursday and send a recommendation to the full board, but SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon said the $120 million contract may be awarded next Thursday or may wait for the board's Nov. 10 meeting. SEPTA has fallen far behind schedule in picking a company to install an electronic fare-payment system that would allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
Passengers on the PATCO High-Speed Line will not be able to use "contactless" debit and credit cards to pay their fares after Oct. 20. PATCO will end its yearlong test with bank-issued cards, officials said Thursday. Passengers may continue to use PATCO's own Freedom card. Transaction costs for the bank cards would be too high for PATCO, said John Rink, the agency's general manager. During the test period, those costs have been paid by Cubic Transportation Systems of San Diego, which built and installed PATCO's card-reading turnstiles.
NEWS
September 18, 2007 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
PATCO's long-awaited "smart card" for fares is still, well, long-awaited. In June, PATCO president John J. Matheussen said the new cards would be ready by late summer. Yesterday, he said the new fare cards wouldn't be available until "the end of the year or the beginning of next year. " PATCO's parent, the Delaware River Port Authority, is spending about $13 million to install the fare system, similar to ones in Washington, Boston, Atlanta and other cities. Passengers will be able to pass through new turnstiles by waving a credit-card-sized plastic card with an embedded computer chip at a sensor.
NEWS
November 15, 2007 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The region's first transit "smart card" will make its appearance late this month, as PATCO inaugurates its long-awaited Freedom Card service. Passengers will be able to get through new turnstiles by waving a credit-card-size plastic card with an embedded computer chip at a sensor. The fare will be automatically deducted from the card, which can be "reloaded" with cash or from a credit-card account. The system will be similar to ones in Washington, Boston, Atlanta and other cities.
NEWS
March 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO, the South Jersey-to-Philadelphia commuter rail line, will soon upgrade its "smart" fare card, but the move won't bring it any closer to compatibility with SEPTA's planned electronic fare system. PATCO plans to pay Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego $168,240 to upgrade card-readers at its fare gates to accommodate new versions of its "Freedom" cards that are implanted with an updated computer chip. The board of the Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO's parent, is expected to approve the purchase this month.
NEWS
November 15, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA lost its bid for nearly $30 million in federal funds to help pay for a new electronic fare system, leaving it with no clear way to finance the long-awaited $100 million project. Officials at the agency say they hope to award a contract for the new fare system early next year but don't know where the money will come from. SEPTA could rely on manufacturers of the fare system to operate and pay for it, in exchange for a cut of the revenue. Other transit agencies, in cities such as Chicago and Washington, are seeking similar deals.
NEWS
June 14, 2007 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Passengers on the PATCO rail line between Philadelphia and South Jersey will get the region's first transit "smart cards" this summer, PATCO officials said yesterday. The boards of the transit line and its parent Delaware River Port Authority approved $1 million in contracts to prepare for the introduction of the new fare system, which will be kind of an E-ZPass for rail riders. Another contract was approved in committee to hire a Wilmington marketing consultant to promote the new "Freedom" card.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The contract for SEPTA's new "smart card" fare-payment system may not be awarded until next month. A SEPTA board committee was expected to review the bids Thursday and send a recommendation to the full board, but SEPTA board chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon said the $120 million contract may be awarded next Thursday or may wait for the board's Nov. 10 meeting. SEPTA has fallen far behind schedule in picking a company to install an electronic fare-payment system that would allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA awarded a Maryland company a $129.5 million contract Thursdayfor the long-awaited "smart card" fare system to allow bus, subway, trolley and rail passengers to pay for their trips by tapping a card on an electronic reader. The contract awarded to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., will enable riders to use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones. SEPTA's board of directors unanimously approved ACS, at the recommendation of staff, over two other bidders, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego and Scheidt & Bachmann of Germany.
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NEWS
March 9, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO, the South Jersey-to-Philadelphia commuter rail line, will soon upgrade its "smart" fare card, but the move won't bring it any closer to compatibility with SEPTA's planned electronic fare system. PATCO plans to pay Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego $168,240 to upgrade card-readers at its fare gates to accommodate new versions of its "Freedom" cards that are implanted with an updated computer chip. The board of the Delaware River Port Authority, PATCO's parent, is expected to approve the purchase this month.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
Passengers on the PATCO High-Speed Line will not be able to use "contactless" debit and credit cards to pay their fares after Oct. 20. PATCO will end its yearlong test with bank-issued cards, officials said Thursday. Passengers may continue to use PATCO's own Freedom card. Transaction costs for the bank cards would be too high for PATCO, said John Rink, the agency's general manager. During the test period, those costs have been paid by Cubic Transportation Systems of San Diego, which built and installed PATCO's card-reading turnstiles.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA awarded a Maryland company a $129.5 million contract Thursday for the long-awaited "smart card" fare system to allow bus, subway, trolley and rail passengers to pay for their trips by tapping a card on an electronic reader. The contract awarded to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., will enable riders to use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones. SEPTA's board of directors unanimously approved ACS at the recommendation of staff over two other bidders, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego and Scheidt & Bachmann of Germany.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SEPTA awarded a Maryland company a $129.5 million contract Thursdayfor the long-awaited "smart card" fare system to allow bus, subway, trolley and rail passengers to pay for their trips by tapping a card on an electronic reader. The contract awarded to ACS Transport Solutions Group of Columbia, Md., will enable riders to use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones. SEPTA's board of directors unanimously approved ACS, at the recommendation of staff, over two other bidders, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. of San Diego and Scheidt & Bachmann of Germany.
NEWS
October 21, 2011
The contract for SEPTA's new "smart card" fare-payment system may not be awarded until next month. A SEPTA board committee was expected to review the bids Thursday and send a recommendation to the full board, but SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon said the $120 million contract may be awarded next Thursday or may wait for the board's Nov. 10 meeting. SEPTA has fallen far behind schedule in picking a company to install an electronic fare-payment system that would allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The contract for SEPTA's new "smart card" fare-payment system may not be awarded until next month. A SEPTA board committee was expected to review the bids Thursday and send a recommendation to the full board, but SEPTA board chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon said the $120 million contract may be awarded next Thursday or may wait for the board's Nov. 10 meeting. SEPTA has fallen far behind schedule in picking a company to install an electronic fare-payment system that would allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any "contactless" bank card on an electronic reader.
NEWS
November 15, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA lost its bid for nearly $30 million in federal funds to help pay for a new electronic fare system, leaving it with no clear way to finance the long-awaited $100 million project. Officials at the agency say they hope to award a contract for the new fare system early next year but don't know where the money will come from. SEPTA could rely on manufacturers of the fare system to operate and pay for it, in exchange for a cut of the revenue. Other transit agencies, in cities such as Chicago and Washington, are seeking similar deals.
NEWS
November 15, 2007 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The region's first transit "smart card" will make its appearance late this month, as PATCO inaugurates its long-awaited Freedom Card service. Passengers will be able to get through new turnstiles by waving a credit-card-size plastic card with an embedded computer chip at a sensor. The fare will be automatically deducted from the card, which can be "reloaded" with cash or from a credit-card account. The system will be similar to ones in Washington, Boston, Atlanta and other cities.
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