Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Problems. Topic SA-27. Off-Board Transit Fare Payment Using Proof-of-Purchase Verification

Many new bus rapid transit (BRT) and light rail systems (LRT) in the US seem to be using or being designed to use off-board collection to speed the passenger boarding process. Off-board fare collection is very common on European bus and light rail systems. Newer bus BRT and LRT systems passengers purchase tickets, passes, or transfers at station kiosks or such sources, and simply, board the vehicle. Inspectors are employed to query riders to show proof of purchase and passengers unable to do so may be issued citations imposing a hefty fine as a deterrent to fare evasion. This synthesis will collect data on existing or planned BRT and LRT operations in North America in order to help others understand how it all works. This synthesis will be used to aid public agencies and other stakeholders in deciding how to proceed when such service is being considered. A literature review, survey of appropriate stakeholders, and detailed case studies/profiles will be accomplished in order to document the state of practice, including lessons learned and gaps in information.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Vlasak, Donna

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20100701
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26601

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461365
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM