Electronic Fare Collection: Lessons From New York

The TTC will present an information session on Open Payment systems:

Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Committee Room 1, Toronto City Hall

Here is the meeting description:

Open payment is an exciting breakthrough in fare collection. Instead of using a traditional farecard, it allows transit riders to use their credit or debit cards – even cell phones – at the turnstile or farebox. A prepaid card will also be available for children and others who choose not to use their personal cards.

By using the same technology as every bank, business and retailer, transit operators can be assured that their fare systems will have the highest level of security and will never be obsolete. Visitors from across Canada and around the world will be able to tap and go without having to figure out how to buy a fare.

The TTC is a full participant in the Presto farecard project and continues to work with the provincial agency to identify funding to bring farecards to Toronto. By proceeding with open payment in parallel with Presto’s traditional farecard the TTC is leading a revolution on how riders experience public transit.

Come to an information session on open payments led by Paul Korczak, former Chair of the Transportation Council of the Smart Card Alliance, a current member of the Near Field Communications Academy, and is actively involved in peer reviews and public forums on transit fare payments around the world.

With all the discussion of Smart Cards, this will bring a much-needed update on the evolution of payment technology to Toronto.

ATU Local 113 Hosts “Let’s Talk” Town Halls (Corrected)

Over the next three weeks, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the improvement of customer service on the TTC.

Sunday April 11, 2010

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Downsview Secondary School
7 Hawksdale Road (northeast of Keele & Wilson)
Moderator:  John Tory
There will be free shuttle buses from Wilson Station between 11:30 and 12:30, and they will provide return trips after the meeting.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 (Corrected)

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Stephen Leacock Collegiate
2450 Birchmount Road (north of Sheppard)
Moderator:  Diane O’Reggio
There will be free shuttle buses from Warden Station between 11:30 and 12:30, and they will provide return trips after the meeting.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

1:00 to 3:00 pm
Ryerson University Library
350 Victoria Street (at Gould, one block north of Dundas)
Moderator: TBA

For more information, please see the ATU page for these events and various Facebook pages that have been created under the general name “Let’s Talk”.