Regional Rail On-board Electronic Payment Project

Contactless fare payment systems are common place among most of the major transit operators in North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. Based on radio frequency, this form of smart card technology is well suited to large systems since they require high through-put, security, and lower equipment maintenance costs. Electronic payment adoption on commuter rail service, however, has lagged behind other transit modes for a variety of reasons, some of which include: open or non-barrier passenger boarding, manual fare collection by conductors, and the complexity of adopting new technology. Currently, there are no examples of commuter rail contactless fare payment systems in the United States. Within this context a study was undertaken to prove the concept of using non-proprietary technology to conduct contactless electronic fare payment on-board commuter rail services.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    I-95 Corridor Coalition

    1390 Piccard Drive, Suite 200
    Rockville, MD  United States  20850
  • Project Managers:

    Schoener, George

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

    Keystone Building
    400 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA  United States  17120
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kane, Gerald

  • Start Date: 20070301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35488

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01495000
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2013 1:00AM