Portage Space Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA) is rolling out a brand new cellular ticketing utility, EZfare, for riders all through Portage County beginning this season. The measure is available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and permits for passengers a contact-free methodology of paying fare by scanning a bar code on their smartphones.
“[The app] may be very straightforward and handy for normal customers in Portage County, particularly those that are touring between the 2 cities of Kent and Akron on Route 90,” PARTA Communications and Public Advocacy Advisor Denise Baba mentioned.
Baba provides that riders may use the EZfare app via different transit companies, like Uber, Moovit, and Transit. Nonetheless, PARTA bus fares stay the identical worth as earlier than.
“One other a part of [the app] is that you could buy fare, retailer it in your smartphone after which activate it everytime you want it earlier than boarding,” she mentioned.
Riders taking a number of routes may buy all of their fare at one time, giving them extra price flexibility and time administration. Passengers can nonetheless experience if their smartphone occurs to die, so long as they’ve actual change.
EZfare is delivered by NEORide, a gaggle based in 2014 which mixes a number of public transit businesses all through Northeast Ohio, most notably Metro RTA and Laketran. PARTA, amongst ten different businesses, acquired funds of $190,000 from the Ohio Transit Partnership Program to pay for the app’s growth.
Mason Lawlor covers the Metropolis of Kent. Contact him at email@example.com.