The fare collection project which covers MDCT’s rail, bus and light rail services will be based on Cubic’s Nextfare Solution Suite that includes all hardware, software and support utilities. The suite, which features Cubic’s open architecture Nextfare Business Management System and Tri-Reader smart card processor, will facilitate auto-reload and internet ticket purchases and the use of full-feature contactless smart cards for regular commuters and limited use smart cards for visitors and occasional riders. The US’ twelfth largest public transit system, the MDCT currently records 326,000 boardings each weekday.
The MDCT contract is the latest in a series of ten contactless public transport payments projects implemented by Cubic in which it has deployed it Nextfare solution since its introduction in 2005. Other public transport providers in the US using Nextfare are Washington [DC] Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland Transit Administration, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Los Angeles County Metro, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Transit, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (New York and New Jersey), and Port Authority Transit Corporation (Philadelphia). In Australia Nextfare has been deployed by Brisbane Transport.
Other significant projects to Cubic’s credit include the development for Barclays Bank of OnePulse – a dual function payment card incorporating Transport for London’s Oyster smart card and a low payment contactless credit card.
Cubic has been involved in the public transport ticketing sector for over three decades and boasts 175 active customers in 40 markets worldwide. Annually its systems are responsible for about 16 billion passenger trips and about $18 billion in fares collected.