Calgary’s long-pending transit electronic fare payment system, Connect Card, for buses and C-Trains is expected to roll out in July 2015.
Coun. Shane Keating, the committee chairman, told metronews.ca that he is confident of the technology’s success this time.
Initially, an electronic-fare system was planned for mid-2012, which could not turn into reality, as the government canceled the contract with Spanish group Telvent in November 2012.
One year later, Calgary Transit director Doug Morgan announced that the city had reached a new deal with Telvent – since renamed Schneider Electric – that would provide a functional system completed for $8m, including $2m the city had already paid the company.
The Connect Card electronic payment platform will operate as a tap-and-go, account-based system that would enable users to transfer credits from a lost or damaged card.
The city is planning to undertake beta testing with a group of its own staff and citizen volunteers to test bugs before the final roll-out.