43rd Annual MPTA Conference

43rd Annual MPTA Conference

43rd Annual MPTA Conference

During the week of November 12-15 2019, Mississippi Public Transit Association held their 43rd Annual Conference at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino in Robinsonville, MS.  This year’s theme was “Transportation and Workforce: Connecting the Dots” and focused on the challenges that transportation and human services agencies face with the changing workforce and as the adding of new technology increases, in order to enhance the rider experience using community transportation.

QRyde/HBSS team spoke with many providers in the area to see how the system has been working for them and also with new clients that are interested in using QRyde. Our Founder and CEO, Himanshu Bhatnagr, also had the opportunity to speak to the group at our Vendor-Sponsored Statewide IT Update/Coordination Breakfast on Thursday morning.

Later on in the day on Thursday, during the Annual Banquet, Himanshu, Vikash, and John Johnson (MPTA President) pulled the names of the winner of our drawing for a 32 inch TV – Natchez Transit.  Next year, the 44th Annual MPTA Conference will be held in Vicksburg, MS – we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year.

Macon County Transit (MCT) Implements QRyde Single Electronic Payment System

Macon County Transit (MCT) Implements QRyde Single Electronic Payment System

Macon County Transit (MCT) Implements QRyde Single Electronic Payment System

Franklin, NC: Macon County Transit (MCT) has implemented a single electronic payment system using QRyde technology for demand response riders using MCT. The new payment system was implemented on Jul 1, 2019. Transit riders do not need to carry cash to pay for rides on the vehicle anymore. Riders can purchase and recharge a QR-code based electronic card from MCT’s office or when boarding one of the vehicles. Ride payment can be done electronically by validating the card on driver’s android tablets. Riders can utilize the card for payment for rides within the county and out-of-county. The system address the needs of its unbanked and under-banked riders who may not have a bank account but can utilize an electronic payment card for their rides. Roughly half of Macon’s fare collection for transit riders has switched over to the electronic system since its inception in July.

“We are very excited to offer this new technology to our customers”, said Kim Angel, Transit Director. “This gives our riders an opportunity to utilize our service without worrying about having exact change when they board the vehicle. They also have the ability to place as much or as little cash on the card as they choose and can “re-load” cash on the card anytime they choose.”

This new system allows MCT to more accurately track fare payments, especially when a customer is eligible for services under different funding sources. The new technology reduces risk and liability for the Transit Operator. They no longer carry paper “passes” that had cash value. With the new system, the cards they carry have no value until a customer purchases one and “loads” cash.

The electronic payment card using QRyde technology can be extended to other transit agencies across the region in North Carolina and beyond to provide a seamless payment experience to riders of transit. Transit agencies in the region can easily adopt QRyde’s SaaS platform and provide an electronic payment method to its constituents without investing in expensive commercial fare collection systems. To access these services an agency would need.

  • Web access to manage riders and electronic cards on the QRyde platform
  • A printer to print cards for riders
  • QRyde driver apps to validate cards, issue new cards or recharge existing cards

 

QRyde provides technology for a complete back-office accounting system and reduces the overall cost of transportation.