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Put it on My Card: The Trend Towards Open Fare Payment Systems in Transit Systems

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Originally presented under the title: Introduction to Closed Payment Systems and Open Payment Systems in Public Transit

Date:   January 18th, 2011
Time:  2:00 – 3:30 P.M. ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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The trend towards open payment systems for fare collection in the US is clear. Virtually all current Requests for Proposals for fare payment systems are requiring open payment solutions or at least requesting an open payment solution as an option to consider. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in Salt Lake City has implemented a solution with open payment cards as a cornerstone of the system and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New Jersey Transit (NJT), and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) have piloted and is now evaluating a bi-state, multi-agency open payment system. Additionally, key industry associations such as the Smart Card Alliance and the American Public Transportation Association are weaving these topics into their annual meetings that address payment systems.

This webinar series will include three webinars that will address the growing trend toward open fare payment systems by providing some baseline information about traditional, card-based, closed fare payment solutions in comparison to account-based, open payment solutions. The series will also highlight and discuss several key and developing questions regarding open payment solutions, discuss how to navigate the path towards open payment solutions in the environment of communications standards, outline innovative approaches such as mobile devices and PIV-compliant credentials, and discuss whether multiple approaches can co-exist in one system and, if so, at what cost.

The first webinar in the series — Introduction to Closed Payment Systems and Open Payment Systems in Public Transit — will be presented on January 18. During the webinar, the schedule for the other two webinars will be released.

This January 18 webinar will be a high-level introduction to trend toward open payments. Specific content will be an overview of traditional, closed payment systems and an overview of open payment systems in transit. The webinar will be hosted by Michael Dinning of the US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The speakers will be:

Closed Payment Systems Overview — Tim Weisenberger, US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Open Payment Systems Overview — Brian Stein, Accenture

Learning Objectives

Target Audience

Transit agencies and others interested in transit fare collection issues.


Michael Dinning, US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Michael Dinning is Director of the Freight Logistics and Transportation Systems Center of Innovation at the Volpe Center. The Center is the national research center of the U.S. Department of Transportation, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Dinning has extensive experience managing programs to evaluate, demonstrate, and deploy innovations in transportation, security, and logistics management systems.

Mr. Dinning has worked at the Volpe Center for over 32 years, including three years as an in-house consultant. Recently, he served as Executive Director of Business Development and facilitated new business development across the organization. Mr. Dinning has held several other positions at the Volpe Center, including: Acting Deputy Director, Office of Logistics and Information Management; Acting Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Preservations and Systems Modernization; Chief, Infrastructure Protection and Operation Division; and Chief, Systems Planning and Integration Division.

Mr. Dinning directs a wide variety of programs involving transportation and logistics planning, process improvements and technology evaluations; as well as programs to demonstrate and deploy innovative technologies and systems. His organization's work includes assessing the operational performance of transportation and logistics technologies, evaluating the resilience and security of transportation and logistics infrastructure elements and systems, and integrating global maritime and logistics information to improve operations, safety, and security.

Mr. Dinning represents the Volpe Center before a wide variety of transportation and technology industry organizations involved in innovations in transportation and logistics. He is a frequent speaker to industry, academia, and government agencies on intelligent transportation systems and security technologies. Mr. Dinning is a recognized expert in applications of smart card technology to transportation, and is coauthor of the book, Smart Cards: Seizing Strategic Business Opportunities.

Mr. Dinning has been recognized by the Department of Transportation for his work in deploying advanced technology for public transit systems, and developing information technology for logistics management systems. Mr. Dinning received his bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University.


Brian Stein, Accenture
Brian Stein is the Business Development Lead for Public Transportation in North America at Accenture. He brings over 10 years of transit automated fare collection experience from Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc and Giesecke & Devrient America; including Project Management, Sales and Marketing and Business Development, coupled with 10 years of hardware and software engineering experience.

Mr. Stein has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University's High Tech MBA program. Prior to working in the transportation industry, Mr. Stein worked over a 10 year period in various industries such as Communications, Lottery and Gaming Systems, and Aerospace to name a few, writing firmware and device drivers for various embedded systems.

Mr. Stein has also held the position of vice-chair for APTA's UTFS Contactless Fare Media Standard working group that developed part III of the currently published CFMS standard and for the CFMS working group that developed Part V, Testing certification specification. Mr. Stein is the current vice-chair for the ongoing CFMS standard efforts. Mr. Stein is also an active member in other industry organizations such as the CUTA, MARTA, and the Smart Card Alliance, in which he has helped co-write white papers.

Tim Weisenberger, US DOT John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Tim Weisenberger is a project manager and analyst for the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA since 2001. His expertise is on contactless technologies and their applications. 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 in transportation.

Tim has been a facilitator for the APTA Universal Transit Farecard Standards Task Force since its inception in 2002. He was instrumental in developing the organization, mission, and objectives for the program and was a key to the development of the Contactless Fare Media System Standard. Tim is also the Rapporteur for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 204 Working Group 8 focused on development of ITS Standards in Public Transport and Emergency Services.

Prior to joining the John A.Volpe Center, Tim was a Business Development Manager at Motorola, Inc. Worldwide Smartcard Solutions Division. Tim has 20 years of profession experience including roles as special projects manager at Chicago Transit Authority and as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served in the Persian Gulf War in 1990-1991. He holds an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.