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6/19/2020



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Metro Transit-St. Louis to launch mobile ticketing


The new fare option will reduce the need for light rail operators to handle cash and tickets.
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Metro Transit-St. Louis on June 22 will offer light-rail riders the option to purchase fares through the Transit mobile application.

Offering the contactless fare option is part of a plan to adapt to the coronavirus, agency officials said in a press release. 

The fare option will reduce the need for operators to handle cash and tickets, and limit contact riders have with ticket vending machines and other infrastructure. 

“Mobile ticketing used to be about speed and convenience, but now it is also about safety,” said Brian Zanghi, Chief Executive Officer of Masabi. Masabi develops fare payment software for the Transit app.

The app guides users through a step-by-step process to choose a fare type, enter payment information and activate their pass. The pass can then be visually validated by operators and fare inspectors from a safe distance, Metro Transit officials said. 

 



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