The local Regional Working Group (RWG) in the Tampa Bay Area consists of five county transit agencies: the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Hernando County’s The Bus, Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT), and Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT). Together, they cover a 4,056 sq. mile service area. Additional project partners include the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA).
The agencies set out raise the standard for regional mobility in the Tampa Bay Area by setting up a multi-client, regional fare structure. The RWG chose INIT as their partner because of their experience with implementing successful regional account-based fare systems globally.
Special consideration for integration with different Long-Term Evolution (LTE) carriers as well as various vehicle layouts and internal Internet Protocol (IP) schemes were part of the scope. In addition, individual vehicle hard and software configurations had to be taken into account because incorporation with their respective vendors was necessary to build a fully integrated solution. The EFM system would also need to easily operate in tandem with third party CAD/ AVL systems, general ledger applications, and legacy backend applications. Because of INIT’s open architecture approach, third party systems can be integrated for a truly regional system.