Electronic cash network PayNearMe and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) have struck a deal which will enable Dallas area transit users to load fares via cash payments at close to 800 locations, including 7-Elevens and Fidelity Express locations. The new option will be available beginning in March 2017.
Fares can be loaded onto an existing app or on a new DART GoPass card, the latter of which is the first reloadable NFC-enabled transit card. People with the DART GoPass app can present the app on there smartphone to store clerks in the PayNearMe network and pay cash to load their card.
When using transit, riders will automatically have the correct fare deducted via NFC technology when the card is held up to transit vehicle readers.
DART EVP and CEO David Leninger explains the value proposition.
“Today, more than 80 percent of the fare value collected on the bus or through our ticket vending machines is paid in cash. PayNearMe put together an innovative response to our request for customer cash management that incorporated an excellent mobile solution, a thoughtful smart card solution, and a strong footprint of retail partners that ensures a broad cross section of grocery, convenience and bodega retailers to serve our customers.”
Value stored on the new GoPass card and GoPass app can also be used on the Trinity Railway Express and Denton County Transportation Authority systems.