Texas transit system smart-card deal awarded to ACS

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.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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