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The Future of Fare Collection: Contactless Fare Payment Systems based on CFMS Standards

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Originally presented under the title: Contactless Fare Payment Systems: CFMS Standards and the Future of Fare Collection

Date:   December 11, 2007
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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The APTA UTFS program is actively promoting the Contactless Fare Media System Standard (CFMS) for use in Contactless fare systems throughout North America. Additionally, there are exciting developments in the contactless payments industry that will make the future of transit fare collection bright. These include using contactless bank cards, mobile devices, and identification credentials to pay for transit fare. The UTFS program is actively gathering information on these approaches and developing training curriculum around them how they will relate to the CFMS Standard. APTA and the UTFS leaders will lead this highly informative and interesting session with a special emphasis on interactive question and answer.

Target Audience

The target audience is transit agency members. Key learning objective is to increase audience knowledge of contactless payment options in order to improve planning and decision making on their future payment systems. Feedback from the audience is highly desired to enhance participant knowledge of industry concerns and fare system design strategies.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn how the CFMS Standard is evolving and what the UTFS program will be undertaking in the next 12 months.

  • Greater awareness of emerging fare collection technologies both nationally and internationally (open bank cards, mobile payments, various form factors, etc.)
  • Greater awareness of international standards activities
  • Exposure to various approaches to contactless fare payment systems such as: closed solution, open solution, third party issued devices, co-branded devices, and hybrid approaches


Tim Weisenberger, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Tim Weisenberger is a project manager and analyst for the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. His focus is on contactless technologies and their application. Mr. Weisenbergerís specific expertise is in contactless payment application in transportation and he has worked with various North American transit agencies, US government entities and state departments of transportation on projects that examine feasibility as well as application of contactless technologies.

Mr. Weisenberger has been a facilitator for the APTA Universal Transit Farecard Standards (UTFS) Task Force since its inception in 2002 and was instrumental in developing the organization, mission and objectives for the program. He was key to the development of the Contactless Fare Media System Standard (CFMS). Mr. Weisenberger is also active in the Smart Card Alliance and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Allianceís Transportation Council.

Prior to joining Volpe Center, Mr. Weisenberger was a Business Development Manager at Motorola, Inc. Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division where he drove acceptance of contactless smart cards in mass transit. He has 20 years of profession experience including special projects manager at Chicago Transit Authority and as an officer in the United States Navy. He holds an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Weisenberger lives with his wife Jami and two children in Salem, MA, the epicenter of Halloween and all things witchy.


Martin P. Schroeder, P.E., American Public Transportation Association
Martin Schroeder is APTAís Sr. Manager for Rail Programs and is also the APTA Manager for the Universal Transit Fare System (UTFS) Task Force. As APTAís senior technologist, Martin was a leading force in the development of the CFMS Standard and is an active participant in ITS and fare system research. Martin advises the Rail Standards Policy Committee and also leads nine other APTA committees on projects and standards initiatives in rail engineering, vehicle crashworthiness and cyber security. Martin is also chair of the ASME Rail Transit Standards Committee. Prior to APTA, Martin was Engineering Manager of renewable energy programs with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Senior Engineer with the Transportation Technology Center, an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an engineering consultant. Martin is a registered professional engineer.

Mike Meringer, Giesecke and Devrient
Mike Meringer has been actively involved in the US smart card market since 1996 and was introduced to the market as the Director of Business Development for Touch Technology Inc. International, a software based stored value transaction processing firm. In this capacity Mr. Meringer promoted TTI's transaction processing and settlement services for use within the transportation and campus markets. In 2000, Mr. Meringer joined OTI America as the VP of Business Development. In this role, he was able to gain valuable experience with front-end devices such as contactless smart card technology, card operating system, reader, and antenna design. Mr. Meringer was involved with the successful introduction and roll-out of the Saturn line of readers for use within a variety of markets including the US Transportation market. While at OTI, Mr. Meringer was involved in the initial pilot of the MasterCard PayPass trials in Purchase, NY and Orlando, FL where OTI offered both card and reader technology.

Currently, Mr. Meringer is the US Transportation Sales Manager for Giesecke & Devrient furthering the promotion of contactless smart card technology for use within the transportation marketplace. As an active member of the American Public Transit Association, Mr. Meringer is part of the UTFS and leads Workgroup 8 in an effort to build a knowledge base of the current status of fare collection systems in the US.

Tom Parker, Bay Area Rapid Transit
Thomas Parker is a seasoned transportation professional with over 13 years of direct transit experience with BART and 11 years experience with the Department of Defense. Mr. Parker has a diverse transit background specializing in the areas of program management, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), Transit Systems Engineering, Design Build Finance Operate (DBFO), Design Bid, Build, Operations and Budgets. His accomplishments include; proven management of large Capital Programs, recipient of COMTO's Gerald Anderson Sibling Award, Alumni of the ENO Transportation Foundation's Executive Development Program. Mr. Parker works closely with BARTís General Manager in developing the strategy and vision on ITS projects. He also works closely with Board of Directors, professional organizations and advocacy groups to gain acceptance for transportation plans and programs. Mr. Parker is motivated, energetic and creative with talent to develop and sustain efficient and highly productive project teams.

Tomas Oliva, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
Tomas Oliva, as Director, Fare Revenue, directs the TriMet department that has responsibility for fare equipment maintenance, fare enforcement and revenue processing. His department is currently undertaking significant upgrades to existing fare equipment as well as purchasing new equipment to meet system expansion needs. He is also the manager of TriMetís Fare Collection System Replacement Program, a project to replace TriMetís current fare collection systems with new technologies, and implement associated changes in business practices and processes.

As soon as Tomas joined TriMet, he became an active advocate and facilitator for technology and business process advances in fare collection. Over the past two and a half years, Tomas has been the chair of a number of APTA Universal Transit Fare Systems workgroups that contributed to the development and publication of the Contactless Fare Media System standard. He currently is part of an APTA Training and Outreach workgroup that is focused on introducing the new standard to the transit industry, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars. Tomas has also been active in the Smart Card Alliance Transportation Council, contributing to a number of papers published over the last couple of years.

Tomas is a 1985 graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining TriMet, Tomas worked for almost 20 years as a senior executive in the private sector.