Fare Technology Policy Approved
On Monday, August 2, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Policy and Planning Board (TPPB) held a public hearing to discuss expected changes in fare collection technology and future policy changes that will be coming in the next few years.
The TPPB met again on Monday, August 16. It was decided that Metro will not move forward on any cashless policy proposals at this time. All other proposed technology polices were approved.
Metro is looking at replacing its current system of magnetic stripe card passes with smart tap cards, mobile phone payments, online account payments and fare purchase kiosks located at transfer points and bus rapid transit stations.
New technology and policies are intended to make it easier for passengers to purchase fares, speed up boarding times on buses and replace old equipment. To speed up boarding times even further, staff are also exploring the possibility of no longer accepting cash on the bus.
General Manager Justin Stuehrenberg provided an overview of fare technology and policy options at a public information meeting held on July 21.
Please note: The cashless proposals mentioned in the materials below are no longer being proposed at this time.