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Equipment Package: Transit Center Fare and Load Management

Description: This equipment package provides the capability to accept collected 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 equipment package builds on basic capabilities provided by the Transit Center Tracking and Dispatch equipment package.
Included In: NFTA/Metro Bus and Rail Operations Control Center
St. Catharines Transit Dispatch
Welland Transit Center
General Functional Requirements 1 - The center shall manage the actual value of transit fares for each segment of each regular transit route, including the transmission of the information to transit vehicles and transit stops or stations.
2 - The center shall provide the capability for a system operator to manage the transit fares and control the exchange of transit fare information.
3 - The center shall process the financial requests from the transit vehicles or roadside and manage an interface to a Financial Institution.
4 - The center shall support the payment of transit fare transactions using data provided by the traveler cards / payment instruments.
5 - The center shall collect data on fare payment violations and send the data, including images of the violator, to the appropriate enforcement agency.
6 - The center shall process requests for transit fares to be paid in advance.
7 - The center shall process requests for the advanced payment of tolls and parking lot charges as well as other non-transportation services, e.g. yellow-pages services.
8 - The center shall be capable of establishing emergency fare structures to override all other fares during disasters, states of emergency, or evacuations.
9 - The center shall maintain a list of invalid traveler credit identities, or bad tag lists that can be forwarded to transit vehicles and transit stops or stations.
10 - The center shall collect passenger loading and fare statistics data to implement variable and flexible fare structures.
11 - The center shall exchange fare and load information with other transit management centers, including potential Centralized Payments facilities.
12 - The center shall provide transit fare information to other centers, including traveler information providers upon request.

Last updated: 11-18-05