SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

March 12, 2010 10:04 ET

New Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council Reports Address Prepaid Cards for Transit and Cost Considerations for Implementing New Fare Collection Systems

Two White Papers Released Today and New 2010 Officers and Steering Committee Announced

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) -  Two new white papers are now available to help transit agencies who are planning to upgrade their fare collection systems, the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council said today, also announcing new officers and steering committee for 2010.

"Transit agencies across the United States are currently upgrading or planning to upgrade their fare collection systems, which is a significant investment. There are many options they have to consider, from the technologies available to the payment approaches to the costs of implementation," said Craig Roberts, Utah Transit Authority, and chair of the Transportation Council. "The Transportation Council has taken the initiative to provide resources, like these white papers, that can assist transit agencies in making these critical decisions and building a solid, long-term strategy for their transit systems."

The first white paper, "Planning for New Fare Payment and Collection Systems: Cost Considerations and Procurement Guidelines," answers the question: "what are the cost implications associated with fare payment projects?" The white paper presents a conventional approach for planning, conducting a cost analysis, and procuring a new fare payment system or upgrading an existing system. It also provides a Microsoft Excel-based cost model that allows users to input an agency's current fare payment and fare collection costs and compare them to the costs for proposed alternative systems.

Council members involved in the development of this white paper included: ACS, A Xerox Company; Booz Allen Hamilton; Cubic; The Garback Group; Giesecke & Devrient; INSIDE Contactless; JPMorgan Chase; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

The second white paper, "A Guide to Prepaid Cards for Transit Agencies," provides an overview of the prepaid card industry and the products available, including network-branded prepaid cards. It provides guidance for transit agencies evaluating the feasibility and benefits of using prepaid cards as one element of a fare collection system that includes open loop payment cards. 

Council members involved in the development of this white paper included: ACS, A Xerox Company; Connexum Consulting, LLC; Cubic; Discover Financial Services; First Data Corporation; Giesecke & Devrient; JPMorgan Chase; MasterCard Worldwide; MTA New York City Transit; Scheidt & Bachmann; SEPTA; Thales; Utah Transit Authority.

"Because the Transportation Council is made up of experts and stakeholders in the transportation industry, they have the unique expertise to be able to address the broad range of transit agencies' questions and concerns in the form of extremely valuable, useful tools and publications," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "The industry seems to agree; the Council had more than 6,000 downloads of their publications this past year." 

The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council is made up of more than 130 individuals from 59 organizations, including transit agencies, payment brands, financial services providers and technology and service providers. The officers and steering committee for the upcoming year are:

  • Chair: Craig Roberts, Utah Transit Authority
  • Vice Chair - Transit: Jerry Kane, SEPTA
  • Vice Chair - Parking: Ian Newberg, Parkeon
  • Vice Chair - Tolling: Mike Nash, ACS, A Xerox Company
  • Doug Deckert, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • David deKozan, Cubic
  • Michael Dinning, U.S. Department of Transportation/Volpe Center
  • Steve Frazzini, NYC Transit
  • Margaret Free, Giesecke & Devrient
  • Greg Garback, The Garback Group
  • Jennifer Garcia, Discover Financial Services
  • Linh Huynh, INSIDE Contactless
  • Paul Korczak, Korczak & Associates
  • Michael Laezza, Thales
  • Dennis Marshall, Chicago Transit Authority
  • Mike Meringer, VeriFone
  • Martin Schroeder, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
  • Faye Surrette, MasterCard Worldwide

To download the white papers free of charge, and for more resources from the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council, visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org/pages/activities-councils-transportation

About the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council
The Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council is focused on promoting the adoption of interoperable contactless smart card payment systems for transit and other transportation services. The Council is engaged in projects that support applications of smart card use. The overall goal of the Transportation Council is to help accelerate the deployment of standards-based smart card payment programs within the transportation industry.

About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. 

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.

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