Cost

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
Costs
Odyssey Electronic Revenue Center (fareboxes)
$232,750
Smart Card Readers
$6,175
Odyssey Test Simulator
$12,250
Installation
$5,400
Software and Configuration
$16,500
Odyssey Spare Parts Kit (5)
$37,975
Printing Encoding Machines (2)
$32,450
Thermal Paper (5000)
$5,500
Thermal Plastic (95,000)
$29,450
Smart Card (1000)
$2,350
Data Training
$0
Maintenance Training
$0
Total (excluding taxes):
$380,800



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Source

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

URL: http://www.nctr.usf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/77705.pdf

System Cost

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

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Related Unit Cost Subsystems

Transit Vehicle On-Board (TV)

Keywords

smart cards, electronic fare payment, SmartCard, smart card, SmartCards, transit, fare collection, electronic payment, smart cards

Cost ID: 2015-00357