The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems, a subsidiary of San
Diego-based Cubic Corp., contracts totaling $68 million to enhance
Metro's automated Universal Fare System (UFS) operated on TAP smart
card technology by adding Cubic's advanced gating system and related
services.
     The first contract, a $46 million lease agreement, is a 10-year
arrangement for Cubic to deliver more than 420 fare gates as well as
upgrading of the ticket vending machines to distribute Limited Use
smart cards to all subway and selected light rail stations. Two
additional related contracts totaling $22 million provide for
associated civil works and system maintenance. The contract awards
continue Cubic's nearly 25 years of service to Metro.
     The contracts complement Cubic's current contract with Metro as TAP is
being introduced in a phased rollout across the agency's bus and rail
networks and 10 other regional bus operators and, when completed in
2009, will be California's largest 100 percent "smart" ticketing system
for transit. Metro -- the recipient of the American Public
Transportation Association's (APTA) 2006 Outstanding Public
Transportation Award -- continues to experience rail ridership gains
and now provides over 370 million rides annually.
     The Cubic-designed TAP system is based on Cubic's open architecture
Nextfare Solution Suite, an open system of highly flexible hardware and
software components. The new fare gates will support both plastic smart
cards and proven economical Limited Use smart cards made of
environmentally friendly paper designed for use by occasional riders
and tourists. In addition, existing smart card devices, including
ticket vending machines in the Metro system and on board Metro bus
devices to include regional operators, will be modified to accept both
smart card types.
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