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MARTA negotiating contract with Cubic to implement smart-card technology


Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is negotiating a contract with Cubic Transportation Systems to replace the authority’s fare-collection system with smart-card technology.

Worth $100 million with options, the contract would enable Cubic to link MARTA’s fare-collection system to other area transit modes, such as toll roads and airport parking facilities.

Smart-card technology enables commuters to prepay for tickets. Cubic is installing systems for transit agencies in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.

MARTA plans to complete negotiations by summer’s end.

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