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Mexico City Subway to modernize tolling system

The Mexico City government has announced an investment of around MXN$1.27 billion for the STC

Mexico City Subway to modernize tolling system
The project will also include the installation of automated clearing houses, which allows for authorities to monitor transactions and user operations - Photo: Berenice Fregoso/EL UNIVERSAL
English 04/10/2018 15:54 Eduardo Hernández Mexico City Actualizada 15:56

In order to modernize the tolling system of the Collective Transport System (STC) Subway, which is now over 10 years old and has become obsolete, an investment of around MXN$1.27 billion pesos was proposed according to the service’s master plan.

The modernization process will seek to end fraud in Mexico City’s card recharging system, and according to tender number 30102015-002-18 for the “Contracting of Modernization Services for Turnstiles and the General Use of Rechargeable Cards for the STC Network for Transit Fares,” all 1,800 card terminals will be replaced.

According to the Subway System, the toll system has been surpassed by at least three technological cycles and maintenance costs have increased over time, as well as their number of archive errors. This is why the Mexico City government will seek to implement a new system with a larger number of firewalls that can work for both the Metrobus and the Electric Transport Service (STE), which will lead to an improved control of recharges.

The project will also include the installation of automated clearing houses, which allows for authorities to monitor transactions and user operations.

The goal is to make people stop using magnetic tickets and opt for digital alternatives such as mobile apps.

The STC Subway indicated that ticket costs are growing more and more expensive, which is why they have requested the launch of a mobile app for alternative payment methods. Users will be able to pay directly with debit and credit cards.
 

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