Portland, Oregon is realising its smart future
Rhyan Schaub, Director of Revenue Operations & Electronic Fares at TriMet, explains how the use of an open application programming interface opened the door to limitless opportunity in fare collection, mobility choice and integration.
Imagine a community connected by smart, on-demand mobility and seamless integration across multiple modes of transportation; with one safe, secure and convenient payment system; where travel by bus, commuter rail and light rail extends to bike- and car-sharing, ride-hailing, toll paying and even parking. It’s a future that’s coming into focus in Portland, Oregon, where the region’s public transit agency, TriMet, is pioneering the world’s first open architecture electronic fare collection system.
For TriMet, fare collection represents the starting point: the creation of opportunity, through application programming interface (API) utilisation, to one day bridge the divide between public transit, transportation network companies and the autonomous vehicles of the future. As the use of transportation evolves, TriMet is looking to elevate its relevance both regionally and globally. Having established open architecture as a portal, through the delivery of Hop Fastpass, has enabled us to realise this potential.
Hop Fastpass is a state-of-the-art, regional fare collection system, based on contactless smart-card technology. From the outset, it was TriMet’s vision to build an innovative, best-in-class fare system that reduced costs and maintenance associated with collecting cash. In selecting an open architecture design, TriMet moved toward a future-proof system, fostered competition and created an environment that allows the agency to be nimble in its partnerships, vendor selection, future growth and integration. For the customer, the system simplified and improved the transit experience, reduced or eliminated the need for cash, established a secure and convenient payment platform and provided cost savings and other benefits.
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