N.J. Transit turns to ACS for fare collection system update

The New Jersey Transit agency has awarded a five-year, $76 million contract to Affiliated Computer Services for a refresh of the technology that runs the agency's fare collection system.

The contract includes seven one-year options, which could raise the total contract value to $188 million.

Under the contract, ACS of Dallas will purchase and deliver new equipment for the organization's fare collection system and provide maintenance and support.

The upgrade involves improving the electronics and customer interface for 543 ticket vending machines. ACS will deliver 157 new machines during 2007 and 2008.

The upgraded machines will feature 15-inch touch screens designed to make it easier for passengers to purchase tickets. The machines are compatible with smart-card technologies.

New Jersey Transit is the nation's third-largest public transportation system, serving 800,000 passengers a day in a three-state area.

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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