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Collier County rolls out contactless ticketing

The app is powered by Masabi’s Justride fare payments-as-a-service platform which removes the need for passengers to handle cash, physical tickets, or interact with ticketing infrastructure.

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Collier County is the latest region to provide contactless ticketing
Collier County is the latest region to provide contactless ticketing

Collier Area Transit (CAT), the public transportation agency in Collier County, Florida, and Masabi, have launched a new mobile ticketing application for riders using Collier Area Transit’s services.

 

The app, called rideCAT, offers an upgrade to current options by enabling riders to purchase and display tickets directly on their smartphones anywhere and at any time.

 

Fare payments-as-a-service platform

 

The app is powered by Masabi’s Justride fare payments-as-a-service platform and forms an important part of helping to make riding transit as safe as possible by removing the need for passengers to handle cash, physical tickets, or interact with ticketing infrastructure.

 

Using Collier Area Transit’s mobile ticketing app, riders can pay for tickets using a credit or debit card, or via Apple Pay. Single, day, 15-day and 30-days passes are available, as well as fares with entitlements.

 

Once purchased, passengers simply activate their tickets on their phones prior to boarding and scan the barcode on the new onboard validation units which have been installed across Collier Area Transit’s bus services.

 

“This cutting-edge technology will greatly improve our riders’ travel experience by providing seamless access to public transit and ticket purchasing anytime, anywhere,” said Michelle Arnold, director of public transit and neighbourhood enhancement.

Passengers scan their dynamic and encrypted mobile pasess on the devices when boarding the bus, with an audible beep and a coloured screen identifying the ticket as valid for use

As part of the project 26 new validation devices have been installed across the bus network. Passengers scan their dynamic and encrypted mobile passes on the devices when boarding the bus, with an audible beep and a coloured screen identifying the ticket as valid for use.

 

These units are designed to help speed up boarding times making riding services faster and safer by enabling contactless fare payment and validation. They use Masabi’s Justride Inspect software and also read NFC and contactless EMV (cEMV) technology, giving the agency the flexibility to turn on Account-Based Ticketing and other account-based tokens if required.

 

“Our mission at Masabi is to provide transit agencies and riders with the latest technology upgrades, ultimately making travel seamless, safer and more convenient for riders all over the world,” said Brian Zanghi, CEO of Masabi.

 

rideCAT is available for download from Google Play and the App Store. Passengers can also buy tickets online using the new web portal and either push them to a mobile device or print them at home.

 

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