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Equipment Package: On-board Transit Fare and Load Management

Description: This equipment package provides the capability to collect data required to determine accurate ridership levels and implement variable and flexible fare structures. Support shall be provided for the traveler for use of a fare medium for all applicable surface transportation services, to pay without stopping, have payment media automatically identified as void and/or invalid and eligibility verified, and allow for third party payment. In addition, capability to provide expansion into other uses for payment medium such as retail and telephone and for off-line billing for fares paid by agencies shall be supported. This equipment package also supports the capability for two-way voice communication between the transit vehicle operator and a facility, two-way data communication between the transit vehicles and a facility, sensor data to be transmitted from the transit vehicles to a facility, and data transmission from individual facilities to a central facility for processing/analysis if desired. These capabilities require integration with an existing On-board Trip Monitoring equipment package.
Included In: NFTA Fixed Route Transit Vehicles
NFTA Light Rail Vehicles
NFTA Paratransit Vehicles
St. Catharines Transit Vehicles
Welland Transit Vehicles
General Functional Requirements 1 - The transit vehicle shall detect embarking travelers on-board a transit vehicle and read data from the traveler card / payment instrument that they are carrying.
2 - The transit vehicle shall provide an image of all travelers which shall be used for violation processing of those who do not have a traveler card / payment instrument or whose transit fare transaction fails.
3 - The transit vehicle shall determine the traveler's travel routing based on the transit vehicle's current location and the traveler's destination.
4 - The transit vehicle shall calculate the traveler's fare based on the origin and destination provided by the traveler as well as factors such as the transit routing, transit fare category, traveler history, and route-specific information.
5 - The transit vehicle shall have access to the complete range of transit services (routes and schedules) that are available to the traveler.
6 - The transit vehicle shall provide a transit fare payment interface that is suitable for travelers with physical disabilities.
7 - The transit vehicle shall include a database on-board the transit vehicle for use in fare processing from which the fares for all possible trips within the transit operational network can be determined.
8 - The transit vehicle shall support an emergency fare structure overriding all other fares that can be activated during disasters, states of emergency or evacuations.
9 - The transit vehicle shall support the support advanced payments for tolls, and/or parking lot charges, and/or transit fares via the traveler card / payment instrument.
10 - The transit vehicle shall provide passenger loading and fare statistics data to the center.

Last updated: 11-18-05