Cubic Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic Corp., has
won a contract for approximately US$18 million from TransLink, of Vancouver,
B.C., for 160 new touchscreen-enabled ticket vending machines.
The Cubic machines will issue tickets good across the region’s rail, bus and
ferry public transit systems.
Cubic’s high-tech magnetic ticketing will serve as the base technology for the
new machines, which will be smart card-ready for future upgrades.
The ticket vending machines will be equipped with smart card readers.
Initially, TransLink will use the smart card readers for employee access to
ticket vending machines for maintenance and revenue collection.
The payment options for farecard sales include Canadian bank notes, Canadian
and U.S. coins, and credit or debit cards, and the machines issue a printed
receipt for all passenger transactions. Up to eight languages can be
into the machine. Braille instructions and audio assistance also are included
for passenger interaction.
Cubic is the world’s leading system integrator for regional multi-operator
intermodal ticketing systems. Installations include New York and Chicago,
passengers use the same farecard to ride bus and rail. Cubic’s smart card
systems are in North America (Washington, D.C. and Chicago), Europe and Asia.
Cubic’s touchscreen model vending machines are a proven system in New York,
where more than 1,500 machines are in operation. They will be installed on
Vancouver’s two rail lines, the Expo Line and the expansion Millennium Line,
both operated by B.C. Rapid Transit Co. , a division of TransLink. The new
rapid rail line has 13 stations, and the Expo Line has 20 stations.
The new machines’ advanced design emphasizes customer friendliness, economy of
operation, and stringent security to prevent vandalism. They are replacing the
current ticketing machines that have been in operation in the Vancouver system
for more than 15 years.
Passengers will be able to use the same magnetically encoded ticket to ride
Expo Line and the Millennium Line, currently under construction by the Rapid
Transit Project 2000 (RTP), which is owned by the Province of British
The two lines also share intermodal compatibility with the bus and ferry
systems operated by TransLink’s subsidiaries.
The new electronic bus fare collection system for TransLink was designed by
Cubic and currently is being installed in the city’s 1,268 buses.
Cubic is the world’s largest supplier of integrated ticketing and automated
fare collection systems for mass transit, as well as the technology developer
behind the Nextfare(TM) Solution Suite, a package of advanced tools that
integrated into any automatic fare collection system. An example is Nextfare
Express — called SmartBenefits by WMATA — which enables employers to
and conveniently deliver transit benefits to a customer’s smart card.
On an annual basis, at least 10 billion passengers pay for their mass transit
rides using Cubic-designed payment systems in more than 40 major markets on
five continents, including London, Washington D.C., Hong Kong, Chicago, New
York, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Atlanta, San Francisco, Sydney, Singapore and
among other major installations.