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August 19, 2019

Siemens, Bytemark unveil multi-modal transit payment platform in Ohio

Siemens Mobility has collaborated with Bytemark to develop a common payment platform for various transit modes in Columbus, Ohio.

Bytemark is partly owned by Siemens.

The new payment platform will be managed by the city.

The move expands the open-source Smart Columbus operating system, a combined effort of the city and Columbus Partnership.

Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter said: “Through one application riders can both book and pay for their tickets across multiple modes of transportation.

“In the United States, Columbus, Ohio is at the forefront of this and many other smart city movements.”

Using the platform, commuters can pay once for a trip for both public and private mobility services. The platform covers several transit modes including bicycles and scooters.

Through the platform, commuters can identify the optimal transit route and make the trip payment in a single time. The fares would be routed to the concerned services automatically.

City of Columbus chief innovation officer Michael Stevens said: “The beauty of such a system is that you can plan – and pay for – your trips more holistically now.

“Instead of checking to see which mode is faster, you can actually map out the fastest multi-mode route – utilising any/all modes of public and private transportation, including bicycles, scooters, buses, and ride-hailing.

“And then pay for it all just once at the end.”


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