HART awards $31M contract for rail, bus smart card system

Rendering provided by INIT

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, in a joint procurement with the City’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS), has awarded a $31 million contract to design, build, operate and maintain a new smart card pass system for use on TheBus and the Honolulu rail transit system.

The contract was awarded to INIT, Innovations in Transportation, Inc. of Virginia. The plan is to roll out the system to bus riders first.

“The smart card pass system not only lays the groundwork for Honolulu’s multi-modal transportation system, it also helps us better meet the needs of the transiting public,” said city DTS director Mike Formby. “The goal is to make this card really more than just a bus-rail card. It’s also about parking meters and parking lots and other city services, so it’s going to be one of these days a card that allows you to access many different city functions.”

INIT will provide new smart card readers on TheBus and ticket vending machines and fare gates at the rail stations.

The contract also calls for customer service terminals at satellite city halls and retail outlets to sell passes and load value onto the cards.

The contract is for design plus 10 years of operation.

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