Transit riders will soon be able pay fares with mobile app

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego transit riders will soon be able to pay for rides on buses, trains and trolleys with a smart phone app, the Metropolitan Transit System announced Thursday

The MTS Board of Directors approved a contract with Portland-based software developer moovel North America to develop a mobile app that lets passenger pay for all MTS passes with their mobile phones.

“Nearly 70 percent of our customers carry a smart phone and two-thirds of them said they would likely use mobile ticketing if it were available,” said MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski. “Mobile ticketing speeds up the boarding process, and puts the ticket vending machine in the pocket of our passengers. It will make riding transit in San Diego much easier and (more) convenient in the future.”

Passengers will be able to purchase tickets in advance with the app and ride any time. They can story multiple passes on a single phone, making it easier for families and friends traveling together. The passes for MTS and the North County Transit District will be integrated, making it easier to transfer between the two systems.

Transit officials hope the app will be finished by August, in time for the Chargers’ NFL season.

The agreement between MTS and moovel is a 6-year deal totaling $347,500. In addition, moovel will receive a 4 percent commission on all ticket sales.