MBTA contracts with Masabi to provide mobile ticketing services

MBTA and Masabi have agreed to a contract for Masabi to continue delivering mobile ticketing services across all MBTA commuter rail and commuter boat routes, the company said.

The agreement will enhance the MBTA´s existing mobile-ticketing system, making the fare collection process easier and more efficient for both commuter rail riders and the MBTA.

MBTA and Masabi launched the United States´ first full smartphone commuter rail ticketing system in the fall of 2012. More than one-third of tickets on the MBTA´s commuter rail are now purchased on smartphones.

Improvements that MBTA commuters can expect to see when the updated ticketing-system deploys later this year include: mobile wallets, electronic validation of tickets for enhanced security and a cost savings of hundreds of thousands of dollars to be reinvested in MBTA operations.

Masabi´s mobile ticketing technology is in use by transit agencies worldwide including New York´s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles´ Metrolink, New Orleans´ RTA, London´s Thames Clippers and the transit agency in Athens, Greece.

Masabi provides mobile ticketing and fare collection for transportation. It is backed by Fontinalis Partners, Lepe Partners, m8 Capital, MasterCard, MMC Ventures and Keolis.