Metro Transit Could Move To Cashless And Card-Based Pricing | Local government
Stuehrenberg said that mitigating the effects of a cashless system is “extremely important”. Bus riders without bank accounts and people without internet access would face more obstacles.
Strategies that could make the system fairer for low-income users who depend on cash include creating a half-fare program. The system could allow some people with negative account balances to pay the fare after their ride, set up kiosks for residents to put money into their cash accounts, and build a retail network. who would provide gift cards for bus tickets.
The cashless card system could also offer a “fare cap,” a policy that allows passengers to pay $ 2 per trip up to a certain number. After that, each ride would be free.
Cash would still be an onboard option for local routes, but would likely be phased out over the next few years as the current pricing system begins to crumble.
Metro’s recommendation for an account-based debit card system came from a “proof of payment system,” in which bus riders would pay for a ticket before boarding. This model would force Metro to hire people to randomly check passenger tickets on the BRT line.
Although this is the fastest method, it would be expensive to hire ticket verifiers and could lead to profiling issues.