TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services, will debut its new e-ticket app next week. Essentially, the free app eliminates the need to purchase paper tickets from a machine and allows you to easily buy transit fares using your Android device or iPhone.
Portland is the first city in the U.S. to implement this system-wide. Places like Boston and New Jersey have implemented similar mobile ticketing tools, but for just one mode of transportation at a time.
TriMet told The Oregonian that it expects this new app to save the agency millions due to reduced transaction costs and elimination of ticket machine maintenance. GlobeSherpa also implemented a security feature on the app that allows Tri-Met officials to easily validate tickets.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to include information about Portland’s title as the first city in the U.S. to implement a mobile ticketing feature system-wide.