- How better payment systems can improve public transportation
This paper lays out the challenges inherent in scaling up open payments in the public transportation context and begins to outline potential paths for solutions. It begins with an overview of the current landscape of transit payments, followed by a discussion of existing and emerging payment systems, including how those systems currently operate, the costs of the systems, and who bears those costs. It then considers the specific issues involved in moving toward open payments from the perspective of public transit agencies. It concludes with a potential path for solutions.