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WMATA issues RFP for new fare payment system


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a new electronic fare payment system.

The RFP seeks a vendor to assist WMATA in developing a fare system designed to process payments at the gate using technology such as contactless, chip-enabled credit cards, federal identification cards, or smart phones equipped with near-field communication capability, as well as existing SmarTrip cards, according to a prepared statement.

The current SmarTrip system will remain in operation until a new system is developed. Web-enabled services, texting and mobile applications will be enhanced to provide more information to customers at peak and off-peak hours, WMATA said.