Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority expands regional fare system

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has chosen to expand its regional fare system, bringing in INIT for an order of Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) and EMV-enabled fare validators.

The agency partnered with INIT in 2021 for an account-based contactless pricing system with ordering of fare validators, fare inspection devices, client workstations and management platform account-based back-office pricing. The option, now signed by METRO, supplements the basic contract with additional fare validators, fare boxes and 160 INIT cash TVM, which will allow cash-dependent passengers to purchase tickets and enjoy boarding contactless throughout the region.

INIT’s VENDstation is a ruggedly constructed TVM with an intuitive touch screen, allowing customers to easily transact and purchase tickets. It supports American Disability Act (ADA) requirements for passengers with disabilities and accepts all modern forms of payment.

From the passenger perspective, they can travel anywhere in the region using cash, mobile wallet, credit or debit card to purchase their tickets and travel.

METRO’s order signifies an ongoing partnership over the years, including the previous implementation of an Integrated Vehicle Operations Management System (IVOMS), automated passenger counting technology and a staff dispatch software.

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