Smart Cities World – Traveling on the road

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has awarded Littlepay a Master Service Agreement (MSA) to offer transit payment processing.

Littlepay will now be featured in Caltrans’ California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP) mobility marketplace. The decision follows a request for proposals (RFP) issued in June 2021.

Modular solution

This marketplace offers transit providers a one-stop shop to purchase from vendors whose products integrate into a modular solution for contactless open-loop fare collection. According to Littlepay, rather than having to search and find the right technologies within a large open market, they can access a range of pre-integrated and standardized products and services. When they select their preferred vendors, they sign standard contracts to begin with.

By eliminating the need to create proprietary systems, this approach gives agencies a fast and cost-effective way to accept payments made with a contactless bank card or mobile device, the fintech company reports.

“Cal-ITP has led the way with an innovative approach to procurement that will accelerate and simplify the adoption of modern ticketing and payment technology in California”

Caltrans has defined a vision for a connected transportation network in California that will improve the passenger experience through contactless payments and real-time trip information. Cal-ITP was started to drive innovation, and one of its primary goals is to facilitate simplified and interoperable contactless transit payments across the state.

Littlepay has already collaborated with Cal-ITP in the four contactless demonstrations that took place in California in Monterey, Sacramento and Santa Barbara. For each modular system, Littlepay provided payment processing and worked with pre-integrated partners to complete a solution with payment readers, payment gateways and acquiring services.

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