Conversion to card-based electronic payment system for small transit agency costs $380,800.

San Luis Obispo Transit upgrading to electronic fare payment system on their 18-vehicle fleet.

March 2010
San Luis Obispo; California; United States

Summary Information

The objective of this study is to examine industry trends and experiences related to the institutional, technological, data management, customer acceptance, and costs and benefits of regional transit fare programs in the United States. Performed by the National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida, the study provides an overview of regional fare programs through the use of case studies and general guidance for transportation decision-makers evaluating the feasibility of introducing regional fare programs, including fare collection and fare policy options, and resources necessary for implementation.

System Costs

San Luis Obispo (SLO) Transit’s 18 vehicle fleet transitioned to a smart card based electronic fare collection system. The costs for this system are detailed in the following table (2010 dollars):

Fare Collection Components
Odyssey Electronic Revenue Center (fareboxes)
Smart Card Readers
Odyssey Test Simulator
Software and Configuration
Odyssey Spare Parts Kit (5)
Printing Encoding Machines (2)
Thermal Paper (5000)
Thermal Plastic (95,000)
Smart Card (1000)
Data Training
Maintenance Training
Total (excluding taxes):

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Regional Fare Policy and Fare Allocation, Innovations in Fare Equipment and Data Collection

Author: Joslin, Ann

Published By: National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Source Date: March 2010


System Cost

Electronic fare payment system for an 18-vehicle fleet - $380,800


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Transit Vehicle On-Board (TV)


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Cost ID: 2015-00357