Columbus, Ohio, to Build Multimodal Trip-Planning and Payment System

Public transit in Columbus, Ohio, will take a significant step toward digital integration with a system that merges trip-planning and payment all in one easy-to-use app.

The city’s Smart Columbus initiative — in partnership with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) — has released an RFP for the development of a multimodal trip-planning app, bringing together public transit, taxis, ride-hailing and bike-sharing. A second RFP will be released at the end of the year for the development of a payment portal that will handle payments for multiple modes of transportation under one system.

“We aim to provide a platform that integrates end-to-end trip-planning, booking, electronic ticketing and payment services across all modes of transportation — public or private — in one common system,” said Micheal Carroll, CIO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority, in a webinar Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 to discuss the proposals.

“By employing a centralized account-based system, COTA will have the data to employ innovative fare structures aimed at reducing congestion, protecting the environment and encouraging public transportation,” he added.

Read the full article at GovTech.com

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