Cubic Transportation Systems is expanding automated fare collection (AFC) to TransLink’s HandyDART paratransit service in Vancouver.

As of March, three of the agency’s 347 paratransit vehicles have received AFC system installations. The expansion will enable electronic validation of Cubic’s current Compass card products and include ‘Tap to Pay’ options such as contactless credit cards and mobile phone payments.

The project will also provide greater convenience and improved accessibility for travelers while improving safety and security.

Cubic was awarded a contract from the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) in October 2020 and will deliver over 1,200 pieces of equipment, including mobile validators, driver control units, and external modems. As part of the project scope, Cubic will also provide ongoing operations and maintenance support for the equipment. Full installation will begin in July 2021.