Implementation of Smart Card Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Technology in Small Transit Agencies for Standards Development

Accumen Building Enterprises will implement the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Contactless Fare Media Standard (CFMS) specification for an interface between a smart card, smart card reader, and back-office fare collection system. They will also implement typical fare business rules on an industry standard smartcard using ISO/IEC, APTA standards (ISO/IEC 14443 Parts 1-4, APTA CFMS Parts 1-4), and other ITS Best Practices. In conjunction with Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) , Acumen will define and implement the system on all fixed route agency vehicles that are equipped with AcuFare readers . YCIPTA provides fixed route service throughout southwestern Yuma County including the cities of Yuma, San Luis, Somerton, Town of Wellton, Cocopah Indian Reservations and unincorporated communities of Yuma County, including Gadsden, Ligurta and Fortuna. This pilot period will last for 90 days after all agency fixed route vehicles are equipped with all associated fare collection software. This will provide a document that describes standards and interfaces and identifies all observed passenger benefits (reduced fare processing time, ability to transfer seamlessly, convenience of adding value/purchasing smart card online, durable fare media, reduced need for cash, and balance protection) for use of AFC in small transit agencies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-04, IDEA 7

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Gause, Jo

  • Performing Organizations:

    Accumen Building Enterprises

  • Principal Investigators:

    Allen, Walter

  • Start Date: 20141124
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38820

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549300
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-04, IDEA 7
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2014 1:00AM