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That's the ticket: TriMet tests new smartphone fare app

by: COURTESY OF TRIMET - TriMet is testing a new smartphone fare app developed by Portland's Globalsherpa.  TriMet begins testing this spring a new TriMet Tickets mobile app that will allow riders to buy and use fares from their smartphones.

The agency is taking applications from volunteers for the beta test of the mobile ticketing app designed by Portland software company GlobeSherpa.

Bus, MAX and WES Commuter Rail riders will be able to buy fares anywhere, at any time. Using an iPhone or Android phone, riders will be able to download the free app, register a debit or credit card in the secure system and purchase tickets and passes. The tickets will include a day code, time and date stamp, and animation to provide security.

TriMet is looking for about 150 volunteers from a cross section of riders to participate in the test. TriMet plans to incorporate feedback and launch the mobile ticketing system to all riders later this summer. To learn more or apply to the beta test, go to trimet.org/mobiletickets.

TriMet is among the first transit agencies in the nation to test mobile ticketing. The TriMet Tickets app has been in development since last fall.