New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is stepping up plans to introduce an open standards-based contactless payments system for the city's subway and bus networks.
The MTA began testing contactless payments for subway users back in 2006, teaming with MasterCard and Citi on a pilot, and has been involved in several further trials since.
It has now developed a Concept of Operations (ConOps) that will lead directly to lead to the design, procurement and implementation of a new, contactless, opens standards, fare payment system.
The document sets out what the authority wants the new system to do and the MTA is now calling on firms in the fare collection, technology, telco, system integration and payments industries to get involved.
Interested parties can submit written comments up until 25 May and an outreach presentation for vendors will be held on 10 May. American Express and JP Morgan Chase are among the firms signed up to attend.
You can read the ConOps document here:» Download the document now 1.4 mb (PDF File)