Owen P. O’Neil
Every day there are more things we can do with our phones. Starting this month, LANTA will be rolling out a program that will allow riders to pay their bus fare with their phone. LANTA will be using the services of Token Transit (token- transit.com) to sell bus fares through an iPhone or droid app that riders can use to buy their pass before getting on the bus. Token Transit has been deployed at transit systems throughout the country and has been very popular among riders. The Token Transit app is very easy to use. After downloading the app, the rider can set up an account. Then, before boarding the bus, they simply open the app and purchase the type of pass they want; then board the bus and flash their phone in front of a validator on the farebox which will confirm the pass as a valid fare. Through the app, LANTA will also be providing ways for businesses to buy bus passes or provide discounted passes for their employees or customers and send them electronically to that person’s cell phone. Social service agencies or non-profits will also be able to do the same for their clients. If you are interested in establishing such a program for your organization, please call LANTA at 610-435-4052. Initially, the app will only be available to pay your fare on the bus system, but LANTA will be assessing the possibility of making it available on the LANtaVan paratransit system later in the year.
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