CONNECT Electronic Fare Payment System
Calgary Transit is committed to providing its customers with a cost-effective, easy-to-use, electronic fare collection (EFC) system. In 2010, it contracted Telvent to deliver an EFC system to Calgarians. Unfortunately, late in 2012, problems arose that prevented the project from being completed.
Since the cancellation of the contract with Telvent, Calgary Transit has extensively investigated and evaluated other EFC systems across North America. This work included the development of specifications for a new system that would have greater functionality than the previously procured. However, this new system would cost significantly more and take time to implement.
Following the cancellation of the contract, Telvent continued to work on the system for several months at its own risk and expense. Calgary Transit recently met with Telvent and reviewed this additional work. As a result, the possibility of re-engaging Telvent to provide an EFC system was discussed, as it appears it may have a potential solution that is right for Calgary. It would also cost tax payers millions less than a new system and be implemented about two years earlier.
In light of the potential cost and time savings, and to ensure every possible option is evaluated, The City has agreed to work with Telvent to determine if terms can be met for a new contract. These terms must be agreed upon by December 15, 2013. The discussions also included a commitment from Telvent that final development will follow a strict schedule.
Should The City fail to come to terms with Telvent, Calgary Transit will ask City Council for additional funding to develop a next generation system with another company.