Cubic wins USD54.5m six-year extension of LA Metro fare collection contract

Around 21 million TAP boardings are recorded monthly on the LA Metro network.

Cubic Transportation Systems, North America’s largest smart card system and the designer and integrator of the TAP universal fare collection system, has won a six-year extension to its contract with the Los Angeles County Metro worth USD54.5 million.

The extension to the system support services contract covers the repair and maintenance of Metro’s fare collection and TAP equipment, as well as all the back-office data processing systems. The TAP system supports six rail lines, 80 stations, and over 4,000 buses regionally. Cubic maintains and supports more than 2,000 devices under this service contract.

Since the start of 2013, approximately 21 million TAP boardings are recorded monthly on the Metro network including about 16 million on buses and 5 million on the rail system. Also during this time, in a typical month, almost 1.5 million transactions are made on the rail ticket vending machines resulting in over $6 million in revenue.

Richard Wunderle, senior vice president and general manager of Cubic’s North America operations commented: “Our contract extension validates a client relationship of more than ten years. In that time, we have delivered not only a successful fare collection system but the services essential to keep the system operational.” 

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