Cubic‘s transportation systems business has received a $394M contract to modernize the fare payment technology of the Clipper smart card system, which serves commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.
The company said Thursday it will develop an integrated mobile application that will allow Clipper users to access updated information, reload their accounts, plan trips and pay for bus, train and ferry fares using their virtual cards.
Cubic will gradually incorporate new features in the smart transportation fare system starting 2019, with full operations expected to begin 2022.
Microsoft will help operate and provide various financial, analytic and customer management software for the new Clipper system.
Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems, said fare payment modernization can help boost customer experience and sustain a system that will provide better costs and revenue-generating opportunities.
He noted that adding third-party collaborators for shared services as imagined under Cubic’s NextCity vision builds an integrated mobility system that allows connected journeys.
The NextCity initiative aims to collect data on city management and integrated commuter payment and information to streamline travel networks.
Cubic has been leveraging the Clipper system for bus, rail, subway and ferry transport services since 2009.