A working group consisting of HART technical, operations, and marketing staff as well and regional representatives from Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Polk County Transit Services, and the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) has been formed with the goals of:
- Understanding the current market for both the fare box technology and the technological abilities of our ridership demographic
- Crafting a requirements document
- Crafting a scope of work understanding that it could be used in a future procurement and solicitation
The focus of this working group will be to review the opportunities, technology and funding options for fare box replacement throughout the respective fleets. The majority of HART’s current fare boxes are over 26 years old and only accept cash, coin and HART fare card with no ability to expand that capability to any other type of fare medium such as smartcards, credit or debit cards, or other agency passes.
The regional approach lends itself to the new focus of federal funding approvals for initiatives that take into consideration the regional nature of transit. Aside from funding, the other aspect of this approach would be the ability for all of our patrons to seamlessly ride from one transit system to another using the same fare medium, improving connectivity within the region.
For more information, call HART at 813/623-5831.