Texas transit system smart-card deal awarded to ACS
- By William Welsh
- Jan 13, 2006
The fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States will deploy a smart-card transit system to be installed by Affiliated Computer Systems Inc.
ACS of Dallas has won a $14 million contract from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, to implement a contactless ticketing system for the area's bus and light-rail transportation network.
Under the contract, ACS will provide equipment to support the technology on 1,300 buses and its light-rail transit system, system maintenance, and passenger assistance services. The company plans to have the system operational by mid-year.
The Harris County transit authority plans to equip 70 percent of its passengers with smart cards in the first year. The adoption of a contactless ticketing system is expected to limit the use of on-board fare boxes to occasional riders, thus reducing operating expenses. William Welsh is the deputy editor of
Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.