Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SA-49. Multi-Modal Fare Payment Integration

Multimodal payments convergence is a concept that takes many forms. It often involves using the same payment media or technology to pay for, or access, services on multiple modes of transportation, such as using your toll tag to access an Amtrak parking garage, or using your transit contactless smart card to unlock a shared bike. Payments convergence also involves linking payment accounts for multiple modes, such as transit and tolling, or transit and bike share accounts. In addition, payments convergence involves providing a portal, such as a mobile application, to plan and pay for a trip involving more than one mode of transportation. These types of payments convergence are emerging in many regions in the U.S. and abroad. This synthesis will document the state of the practice and use of payment convergence in the U.S. The document will gathered information about the following ( not an inclusive list): (1) Describe the different type of payment convergence and how systems are using them; (2) Identify potential challenges and issues related to payments convergence; (3) Identify strategies and actions that public and private sector organizations have taken to define, develop, evaluate and implement multimodal payment capabilities; (4) Identify and describe initiatives for multimodal payments convergence and collaboration; and (5) Identify how transit systems build consensus among associations, agencies and institutions associated with the various modes of transportation. Information will be gathered by literature review and a survey of selected geographically diverse, large, medium and small transit agencies currently utilizing multi modal fare payment integration. At least five case examples representing different approaches to payment integration will be produced. The final report will document gaps in knowledge and research needs.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SA-49

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Start Date: 20180813
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01673591
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SA-49
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2018 3:03PM