Caltran’s marketplace provides transit providers with a one-stop shop to buy from vendors whose products integrate within a modular solution for contactless open loop fare collection.
The California Department of General Services (DGS) has awarded Littlepay a master service agreement (MSA) to offer transit payment processing.
Littlepay will now be featured in Caltrans’ California Integrated Travel Project’s (Cal-ITP’s) Mobility Marketplace. The decision follows a request for proposal (RFP) issued in June 2021.
This marketplace provides transit providers with a one-stop-shop to buy from vendors whose products integrate within a modular solution for contactless open loop fare collection. According to Littlepay, rather than having to research and find the right technologies amid a vast, open market, they can access a range of pre-integrated, standardised products and services. When they select their preferred vendors, they sign standard contracts to get started.
Eliminating the need for building proprietary systems, this approach provides agencies a fast, cost-effective route to accepting payments made with a contactless bank card or mobile device, the fintech company reports.
“Cal-ITP has led the way with an innovative approach to procurement, which will speed up and simplify adoption of modern ticketing and payment technology in California”
Caltranshas set out a vision for a connected transportation network in California, which will improve passenger experience through contactless payments and real-time journey information. Cal-ITP was launched to nurture innovation, and one of its central goals is to facilitate simplified, interoperable contactless transit payments across the state.
Littlepay has already collaborated with Cal-ITP in all four of the contactless demonstrations that have taken place in California in Monterey, Sacramento and Santa Barbara. For each modular system, Littlepay provided payment processing and worked with pre-integrated partners to complete a solution with payment readers, payment gateways and acquiring services.
“Cal-ITP has led the way with an innovative approach to procurement, which will speed up and simplify adoption of modern ticketing and payment technology in California,” said Paul Griffin, global head of commercial at Littlepay.
“We’re proud to be among the vendors which will get California on board with contactless payments, bringing significant benefits to agencies and their riders; and contributing to a move towards sustainable travel.”
Littlepay is a transit-focused PSP, providing payment processing at the heart of an end-to-end contactless EMV ticketing solution. Its modular, API-based payments platform plugs-and-plays with pre-integrated, “Littlepay-ready” validators, back offices, payment gateways and acquiring banks – giving transit agencies a fast, flexible route to contactless payment acceptance.
Built from the ground up for public transit, Littlepay’s payment infrastructure handles the complexities of micropayments in the transit and mobility space. PCI-Level 1 certified, the system offers robust security and compliance with card schemes’ rules for transit.
Littlepay claims it is working with more than 250 transit providers of all sizes to deliver contactless ticketing systems – from small, regional operators to multi-modal, city-wide networks and national rollouts.
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