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Transit IDEA J-04/IDEA 79 [Completed (IDEA)]

Implementation of Smart Card Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Technology in Small Transit Agencies for Standards Development
[ TCRP J-04 (Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis--The Transit IDEA Program) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $99,998
Staff Responsibility: Jo Allen Gause
Research Agency: Accumen Building Enterprises
Principal Investigator: Walter E. Allen
Effective Date: 11/24/2014
Fiscal Year: 2013

Acumen Building Enterprises, Inc., implemented the APTA Contactless Fare Media Standard (CFMS) specification with an interface between a smart card, smart card reader, and back-office fare collection system. The implementation also included the implementation of typical fare business rules on an industry standard smart card using the ISO/IEC (ISO/IEC 14443 Parts 1–4) and APTA (CFMS Parts 1–4) standards and other ITS best practices. In conjunction with the YCIPTA), Acumen implemented the system on all fixed-route agency vehicles that were equipped previously with Acumen AcuFare readers. YCIPTA provides fixed-route transit services throughout southwestern Yuma County, including the cities of Yuma, San Luis, Somerton, the town of Wellton, Cocopah Indian Reservations, and unincorporated communities of Yuma County, including Gadsden, Ligurta, and Fortuna. The modified system was operated and monitored for apilotperiodlasting90days.Allagency fixed-route vehicles were equipped with APTA-based fare collection software.
The final report is available.

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