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APTA, NFC Sign Memo of Understanding

APTA announced a ­Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the nonprofit NFC Forum on Feb. 17 that will enable the organizations to educate the industry on near field communication (NFC) technologies, which provide a wireless connection between mobile phones and wireless readers such as those seen in gated fare collection for public transportation systems.

“APTA is pleased to partner with the NFC Forum to help integrate NFC technology into public transportation,” said APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall, a board member of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. “It is through partnerships, such as this one with NFC Forum, that technological innovation is accelerated in our industry.”

APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy said, “NFC will improve the passenger experience by linking passengers with mobile phones and public transit fare payment and by increasing the opportunities to share digital content to improve the transit passenger convenience.”
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