Columbus, Ohio, to Build Multimodal Trip-Planning and Payment System

Public transit in Columbus, Ohio, will take a significant step toward digital integration with a system that merges trip-planning and payment all in one easy-to-use app.

The city’s Smart Columbus initiative — in partnership with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) — has released an RFP for the development of a multimodal trip-planning app, bringing together public transit, taxis, ride-hailing and bike-sharing. A second RFP will be released at the end of the year for the development of a payment portal that will handle payments for multiple modes of transportation under one system.

“We aim to provide a platform that integrates end-to-end trip-planning, booking, electronic ticketing and payment services across all modes of transportation — public or private — in one common system,” said Micheal Carroll, CIO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority, in a webinar Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018 to discuss the proposals.

“By employing a centralized account-based system, COTA will have the data to employ innovative fare structures aimed at reducing congestion, protecting the environment and encouraging public transportation,” he added.

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