Cubic Transportation Systems Inc., a subsidiary of San Diego-based Cubic
Corp., announced it has completed delivery of a new intermodal fare payment
system to TransLink of Vancouver, B.C., for the agency’s new SkyTrain
The new line opened to the public on August 31.
The delivery was part of a US$18 million contract that Cubic received in
April, 2001, to develop the fare payment system. The system includes
advanced touchscreen ticket vending machines that issue a common magnetic
farecard that is good across the region’s rail, bus and ferry services. The
high-tech machines — the same type Cubic built for New York City’s
MetroCard(SM) system — are able to issue instructions in six languages,
making it even more convenient for commuters.
“This new fare collection system will make it easier for our customers and
especially tourists to use the system,” said TransLink CEO Pat Jacobsen.
“We are pleased that as part of the Millennium Line system opening, we have
delivered Vancouver’s total ticketing solution, which will create greater
access to transportation throughout the region,” said Walter C. Zable,
president and CEO of Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. “TransLink’s system
uses technology that will transform Vancouver’s mass transit into an
invaluable resource for this region.”
The new system includes back office computer processing technology that
will enable TransLink to better manage fare collection revenues. Cubic also
designed the new electronic bus fare collection system for TransLink, which
currently is operational on more than 1,150 of the city’s nearly 1,270 buses.
The Millennium Line is the extension to the SkyTrain light rail system,
which includes the existing Expo Line. In early fall, Cubic will begin
delivering additional ticketing machines that will be installed across the
Expo Line’s 21 stations. Each of the machines is equipped with Cubic’s new
Tri-Reader(TM) technology, which “reads” any one of three types of smart
cards, allowing TransLink the option of switching from magnetic stripe to
smart cards in the future.
Cubic is the world’s leading system integrator for regional multi-operator
intermodal ticketing systems utilizing magnetic and smart card
technologies. Installations include New York and Chicago, where 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.
Every year, nearly 10 billion rides are taken worldwide using
Cubic-designed payment systems in more than 40 major markets in cities on
five continents, including London, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Chicago,
New York, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Atlanta, San Francisco, Singapore and Miami.
As part of the TranSys consortium, Cubic also is supplying the entire
automated fare collection system including smart cards for the London
The company’s other major business segment, Cubic’s Defense Applications
group, produces instrumented air and ground combat training systems, battle
command training, simulations and simulation support for U.S. and allied
military forces. The group also produces high technology avionics, data
links and communications products for government and commercial customers,
and a wide range of technical and logistics services. Visit Cubic on the
Web at http://www.cubic.com/.