Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) have extended their agreement for a period of five years.

MTC is the government agency responsible for regional transportation planning and financing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Under the extended contract, which will be valid from November 2019 to November 2024, Cubic will continue to support MTC and its regional partners for the Clipper system. The contract has been valued at approximately $25m per year.

Cubic manages the customer call centre, Clipper card fulfilment and distribution, technical help desk, retail merchant network, and the transit benefits system for employer/employee management of transit subsidies.

Cubic has been serving MTC under a current 10-year services agreement that commenced when Cubic, in partnership with MTC, rolled the Clipper card system to the Bay Area in 2009.

Furthermore, MTC plans to upgrade the Clipper system with new fare technologies, including mobile payment.

MTC Electronic Payments director Carol Kuester said: “Maintaining the Clipper system to keep transit riders moving efficiently is our top priority, even as we work on future improvements. Each month, riders use nearly one million Clipper cards and we collect nearly $50m in fares, so reliability is crucial.”