INIT, Innovations In Transportation Inc.

OR: TriMet Chooses INIT for e-Fare/Smart Card System in Portland

The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) in Portland, Ore., has awarded INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc. with the implementation of their new e-Fare system.

The contract comprises the delivery of an Account-Based fare management system which supports both Closed Loop Cards and Open Payments. It includes a comprehensive Central Processing module, more than 1,100 onboard and platform validators combined; 90 mobile inspection devices, and approximately 100 retail POS units. INIT will also provide customer web portals and an initial 1,300,000 contactless smart cards.

The project may extend to the neighboring city of Vancouver, Wash., incorporating transportation services provided by the Clark County Public Transit Benefit Area Authority (C-TRAN).
INIT’s Central Processing System, MOBILEvario, will deliver a sophisticated yet easy to use solution for processing and clearing revenues.

MOBILEvario’s powerful online validation server will process account transactions in real time providing TriMet with accurate, split second revenue processing. The INIT Fare Management solution also accepts Open Payments based on EMV contactless bank cards and NFC phones.

As part of INIT’s System Integrator role, the TriMet e-Fare project includes the integration with several third party systems. Following INIT’s Open Architecture approach, open Application Programming Interfaces (API) will be available to external partners such as fare payment and inspection, mobile ticketing, device management and CAD/AVL information.

TriMet’s smart card endeavor marks the third project INIT has installed for the agency since 2002. Further on, it adds another milestone to INIT’s more than 50 Fare Management systems that have been installed worldwide.

The smart card project is valued at more than $14 million and will further highlight TriMet’s reputation as one of the most progressive transit agencies in the country.