New CDTA repayment systems allows riders to load fares onto smart card

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A new CDTA payment program will make taking public transportation a whole lot easier for people in the Capital Region.

CDTA’s “Navigator” is a prepayment system. It includes a durable plastic smartcard and eventually mobile ticketing where customers can load fares directly onto their smartphone.

“It’s like a lot of smart cards,” Carm Basile, with CDTA, said. “You load our fare products on to the card, you manage that account as yours, you have pre-payment systems and cash value. Tap it on the fare box and away you go”

“Navigator” will make sure your balance is protected, allow auto-load capabilities and online ordering.

The smart card is the first step. The next phase will be allowing riders to load money onto a smartphone, tap it, and ride.


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