Cubic reports $4.8M contract to upgrade Maryland transit fare collection system
Cubic Transportation Systems, a business unit of Cubic Corporation, announced the award of a $4.8M contract modification from the Maryland Transit Administration to conduct a major upgrade to its Automatic Fare Collection system and setting the foundation for new features and functionality. The upgraded system will provide the MTA with the opportunity to accept new payment methods, such as mobile payments, as well as add new features, including a new customer web portal and an integration path with third-party transport services in the future. To date, Cubic provided software maintenance and technical support for the AFC system. Under the contract modification, CTS will perform a software update, upgrading AFC from Cubic's NextFare 4.0 revenue management system, to NextFare 7. A future expansion benefit of the system is that the platform can be enhanced to enable the MTA to integrate third-party systems, such as bike-sharing and ride-sharing services, into the transport experience for the public, in alignment with its BaltimoreLink program.