The Port Authority of Allegheny County, in cooperation with Apps Transit and Masabi, is starting the first phase of the Ready2Ride mobile ticketing system with a three-month pilot project.
With the new Ready2Ride app or the transit app, drivers can buy tickets and passes anytime, anywhere. The port authority serves more than 60 million drivers annually in bus, light rail, incline and paratransit services. A network-wide deployment of Ready2Ride will follow later in 2021.
As part of the project, more than 600 validation devices built by Masabi were installed across the port authority’s bus network, followed by the light rail. When boarding, passengers tap the validators with their phone to scan their dynamic and encrypted mobile passes and identify the ticket as valid for use. The validation units shorten boarding times and enable contactless payment and validation of fares. The validation units are powered by Masabi’s Justride Inspect software and can also read NFC and contactless EMC technology.
“This is really exciting for us. This system has been a long time coming and is a big step towards modernizing our city’s transit system,” said Katharine Kelleman, CEO of the Port Authority, in the press release. “We originally planned to ship Ready2Ride in 2020, but with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were late. Now more than ever, drivers need a secure, contactless payment method and the peace of mind that they are driving in a COVID -secure Environment, which makes this a very timely rollout. “