Transit Finance Learning Exchange Workshop
Transit Payment Systems and Ridership Issues
Portland, Oregon
October 9-11, 2016

Program Content/Learning Objectives

As technology in the field of payment systems continues to evolve, the transit industry is recognizing that the fare collection methodologies used in the past are no longer working for current riders.  The industry is looking for new and more flexible options for its riders to use.  On a related note – is outdated fare collection methods one of the reasons bus ridership is on the decline in many parts of the country?  This workshop will have sessions geared to: 1) Reviewing new fare payment systems being introduced in member agencies; 2) review of new payment systems being developed both inside and outside the industry; and, 3) discussion of ridership trends, both bus and rail, throughout the industry.. Additionally, the workshop will have sessions dealing with IT compensation and pay structures and transportation issues in the Portland area. After attending this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Identify new and proposed payment system technologies for the transit industry.
  • Bring lessons learned from fare payment implementations around the nation.
  • Share information on issues related to bus and rail ridership, including survey results.
  • Share ideas and concerns in IT compensation and pay structures within their agencies.
  • Identify and share best practices through ”Needs & Leads”

DART CFPS Expanded Overview
A hybrid payment solution using mobile, contactless closed and open loop, mag stripe, and cash
DART’s Electronic Payment Initiative.
Presented by David Leininger

Portland-Milwaukie – A Vital Transportation Link
Steve Witter
Executive Director,
Capital Projects and Construction
Project Overview
Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People is a cable-stayed bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was designed by TriMet, the Portland metropolitan area’s regional transit authority, for its MAX Orange Line light rail passenger trains. The bridge also serves city buses and the Portland Streetcar, as well as bicycles, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles. Private cars and trucks are not permitted on the bridge. It is the first major bridge in the U.S. that was designed to allow access to transit vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians but not cars.

Project Update
System Integrator: Init — Account-based, open/closed loop, open architecture
• 1000 Feig/Init readers installed system-wide
• Redundant data centers, Enterprise Oracle, Data Guard, Net App, RAC
• DESFire EV1 low-memory and Ultralight C
• 4G LTE network
• Regional: TriMet, C-TRAN, and Streetcar
Chris Tucker, Director of Revenue Operations
Rhyan Van Horn, Manager, Revenue Processing & Merchant Services

Portland and TriMet: The Evolution of a Transit Oriented Community
Bernie Bottomely