The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
announced it 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 Cubic-designed TAP system is based on Cubic's open architecture
Nextfare Solution Suite, an open system of flexible hardware and
software components. The fare gates will support both plastic smart
cards and 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.
     Also, the addition of gating to the TAP system provides the key
infrastructure required to enable additional threat detection and
security features. Metro and Cubic are working together with
appropriate government agencies on the subject.
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