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Metro Plans To Make Tap Fares Digital
The Metro Board of Directors announced this week they plan to implement several changes to the TAP fare system, including developing an app for loading and using Metro fare, according to the Metro blog The Source. The announcement describes a modification of their contract with Cubic Transportation Systems, which develops the TAP technology. The plan is to develop "the ability to tap and load your TAP card within an app on select smart phones and tablets," eventually "includ[ing] the ability for phones to be used as virtual TAP cards to open gates and interact with other fare payment devices."
The current contract with Cubic extends until 2024, with no specifics about the timeline of implementation for the digital TAP program.
Other actions from the Metro Board this week include approving a new low-income subsidy program and a comprehensive review of the alternate routes for the East Side Gold Line extension.