Developing a regional fare policy or system requires, at a minimum, analysis of travel patterns, transit market analysis, and review of institutional barriers and challenges.

A review of successful regional transit fare programs in the United States.

March 2010
Nationwide; Nationwide; United States

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Moving toward a regional fare policy or regional fare system should occur only after a deliberate and well-thought-out process involving an honest assessment of the needs, potential costs, and benefits. Review of successful regional fare policy and regional fare system deployments suggests that the following three activities yield the minimum information necessary for consideration:
  • Analyze regional travel patterns. The amount of inter-regional and inter-system transit travel should be known to determine what level of investment may be warranted.
  • Conduct transit market analysis. The riders of the transit organizations considering participation should be consulted for their preferences, especially when considering different fare media.
  • Review institutional barriers and challenges. There may be differing functions and missions that are incompatible between agencies considering regional fare policies and systems. It is ideal to learn about these issues early in the planning stage.

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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

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

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Lesson ID: 2015-00725