SOURCE: The Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance

August 30, 2010 09:52 ET

Smart Card Alliance Holds Transportation Council Meeting Hosted by MTA New York City Transit

PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ--(Marketwire - August 30, 2010) -  Open standards payment for public transportation will be the focus of the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council two-day meeting hosted by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority / New York City Transit in New York City on September 22nd and 23rd. In addition to roundtable discussions and presentations, the meeting will be highlighted by a tour of the New York/New Jersey Contactless Fare Payment Trial.

The meeting is open to all Smart Card Alliance members, Transportation Council members, and non-member transportation agencies. The agenda and registration information is available at http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?i=a386d1d2-341f-4038-b707-4b37c22eaee0

"This is an ideal time and place for our members and transportation industry professionals to meet, learn and share knowledge about the latest innovations in transit and payments," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "The New York/New Jersey open standards fare payment trial is a prime example of transit agencies establishing goals to improve the efficiency of their fare collection systems and convenience for commuters."

The New York/New Jersey Contactless Fare Payment Trial involves the Metropolitan Transportation Authority / New York City Transit, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and New Jersey Transit. In the trial, commuters use a contactless MasterCard® PayPass™ or Visa® payWave® card or device to pay directly for fares with their credit or debit card accounts. Meeting attendees will tour locations where this trial has been operational since June 1, 2010. For more information about the trial, visit http://www.ridenynj.com.

"We are pleased to be welcoming the Smart Card Alliance to New York, and look forward to learning more about other projects around the world. In addition, we are happy to give our colleagues a demonstration of the New York/New Jersey Transit Trial, which commenced on June 1, 2010. The technology that we're testing will make life easier for our customers and help reduce our cost of doing business at the same time," said MTA chairman and CEO Jay H. Walder. "By using an open network, we'll break down regional barriers and let people travel across the region with a card that's already sitting in their wallets."

Council meeting agenda topics include updates on active and planned open standards transit payments projects from leading U.S. and international transit agencies. The Alliance has invited representatives from transit agencies from New York/New Jersey, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Paris, London and other cities to share their knowledge and experience on the challenges and opportunities to expand beyond closed loop fare payment approaches. They will examine and discuss how they can enable customers to access commuter rail, light rail, subways, and buses using contactless payment cards, stickers, and mobile devices for fare payment.

For more information about the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council and to view available resources, 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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