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Fare Update Program Branded as ‘SEPTA Key’—The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia has selected “SEPTA Key” as the official name for its fare modernization program. Through this initiative, SEPTA will replace current fare instruments such as tokens, paper tickets, and magnetic stripe passes with contactless payment devices. The agency is currently testing the new technology and related equipment, including card readers, new fare gates, and fare kiosks.

‘Van GO’ Program Provides Retired Transit Vans to Nonprofits—Community Transit, Snohomish County, WA, recently donated retired vanpool vans to 11 nonprofit organizations in the county through its Van GO program. Recipients of the vans include organizations serving older residents, children, and residents with health issues. Community Transit has provided 116 vehicles through this program since 2000.

Hill International Acquires Cadogans—Hill International, based in Marlton, NJ, has acquired the engineering firm Cadogans, the trading name of Angus Octan Scotland Ltd. and its subsidiary companies Cadogan Consultants Ltd., Cadogan Consult Ltd., and Cadogan International Ltd. Cadogans’ senior management team will continue with the company, which will operate as part of Hill's Construction Claims Group.

Audit Gives High Marks to The T—The Fort Worth (TX) Transportation Authority (The T) recently received high marks on an independent performance audit of its operations related to plans for the future TEX Rail commuter rail line. The auditor, TransTech Management Inc., called The T “one of the best [public transit agencies] we have examined,” scoring “well above average in most functions and activities.”

UTA Introduces Apple Pay for Fare Payment—Utah Transit Authority (UTA) customers with the iPhone 6 can use Apple Pay to pay their fares throughout the system. UTA buses and rail stations are equipped with near field communications (NFC) readers and accept payment from contactless electronic cards and NFC smartphone payment apps.

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