Bytemark, Inc., a pioneer in mobile commerce ticketing and integration for the mass transit industry, today announced that the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the third largest transit agency in North America, has awarded Bytemark, Inc. an exclusive contract to expand its vehicle and subway payment options with an integrated mobile application,
TTCconnect, and system supporting mobile ticketing for riders throughout Toronto. The deal accelerates Bytemark, Inc.’s ongoing global expansion following its recently announced contract award with FutureRailway in the United Kingdom.
The Toronto Transit Commission is a public transportation agency that employs 14,000 personnel and operates the subway, streetcars, buses and paratransit services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The TTC, with 525 million riders in 2013, has the third largest ridership of any public transit system in North America, after the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro. Bytemark, Inc.’s mobile ticketing implementation will start the process of replacing the 2.5 million annual cash-based transit fares with secure mobile payments.
“The Toronto Transit Commission represents exactly the kind of progressive transit authority we value as a partner,” said Micah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark. “TTC CEO Andy Byford is leading a revitalization in transit commerce by adapting to his riders’ behavior and delivering the kind of high-quality transportation services they want. In addition to TTC, we are working with Metrolinx on a mobile ticketing solution for its rail service, Union Pearson Express. Our mission is to upgrade and modernize public transit services in the Toronto metro by year end.”
Bytemark, Inc.’s mobile ticketing platform will seamlessly integrate into the forthcoming TTCconnect mobile app, offering riders a simple, convenient and eco-friendly way to purchase transit fares from their mobile devices and display mobile tickets for use on all TTC public transportation services throughout the Toronto metro.
The TTCconnect app is available for free download on iOS and Android with additional functionality and features to be released throughout the year.