SEPTA Delays Smart Card Contract

SEPTA has postponed awarding a contract to build its new fare collection system, expected to cost about $100 million.  It will replace tokens and establish an open payment system whereby riders will be able to pay fairs with either a credit card or mobile device with the appropriate technology.

The contracts have been delayed repeatedly, now until November, according to spokesman Richard Maloney.  The authority originally hoped to announce a wining bid at its October board meeting.  They are still evaluating the previous work of the bidders.  Three companies are currently vying for the contracts: ACS Transport Solutions Group, Scheidt and Bachmann USA Inc. and Cubic Transportation Systems Inc.

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