ALEXANDRIA, Va. and PORTLAND, Ore., May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobeSherpa, a leading provider of secure mobile ticketing and payment software, is pleased to announce that Virginia Railway Express (VRE), a joint project of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, has selected GlobeSherpa to provide a complete, end-to-end mobile phone ticketing software system for VRE riders. When the new ticket system launches, VRE customers will be able to purchase and use VRE commuter rail tickets with just a few clicks on their smartphone.
"We are thrilled to be selected by VRE as their mobile ticketing partner," said Nat Parker, CEO of GlobeSherpa. "GlobeSherpa strives to be the most innovative provider of mobile ticketing software and we look forward to providing VRE riders with train tickets at the click of a button."
GlobeSherpa was chosen from over 15 qualified vendors and after a lengthy competitive procurement and evaluation process.
"We wanted to give our customers a secure and convenient way of purchasing and validating VRE tickets and we believe GlobeSherpa's mobile ticketing system will be a tremendous leap forward for our riders," said Doug Allen, Chief Executive Officer at Virginia Railway Express. "Mobile ticketing technologies can reduce the cost of fare collection, help optimize operations, and improve the rider experience and we're pleased to get this project going."
VRE will be using GlobeSherpa's end-to-end mobile ticketing and fare collection platform that includes:
- A Rider Application and eCommerce Website for fast purchase and easy use of mobile tickets by VRE riders
- A Fare Inspector Application to quickly authenticate and verify tickets
- A sophisticated Transaction and Operations Management System (TOMS) back-office analytics software that allows VRE operations staff to manage the system through an easy-to-use, yet robust, cloud-based dashboard.
Through the app, all VRE fares will be available for purchase including Single Ride, Ten Trip, Five Day, and Monthly Passes. Riders will be able to purchase tickets for any origin or destination and pay with either a debit or credit card. Tickets are sent to users' phones in the form of a secure, animated electronic ticket that can be validated visually by conductors, or scanned by a conductor's handheld device using an encrypted barcode that will verify that the ticket is valid.
With GlobeSherpa's proven mobile ticketing system, VRE will be able to deliver industry-leading innovation to its riders at a fraction of the cost of traditional fare collection technology, improve operations through real-time reporting and geo-location data, and make happier riders by allowing them to purchase VRE fares anywhere, anytime.
The mobile ticketing system will be designed to provide interoperability with regional partner fare products, including WMATA's SmartBenefits functionality and eventually include support for the New Electronic Payments Program (NEPP).
The VRE mobile ticketing app will be available for download from an app store at no cost. The system is expected to become generally available in 2015.
GlobeSherpa provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment. GlobeSherpa is using that same technology to create easy-to-use mobile ticketing systems for parking, events, and local destinations. For more information about GlobeSherpa, please visit http://www.globesherpa.com
About Virginia Railway Express
VRE provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors. Services began in 1992, operating 16 trains from 16 stations and carried, on average, 5,800 passengers daily. Now, VRE operates 30 trains from 18 stations and carry, on average, 20,000 passengers daily.
GlobeSherpa: Mac Brown (503) 680-6222
VRE: Bryan Jungwirth (703) 838-5416