Portland Streetcar to enable mobile ticketing; how about Seattle?

portlandstreetcarmobilePortland Streetcar seems to be following the lead of TriMet and has plans to enable mobile ticketing this summer.

According to the Portland Streetcar home page, the mobile ticketing service is set to debut this summer and is powered by GlobeSherpa, a Portland-based provider of secure mobile ticketing software and services.

It’s the same startup behind the e-ticketing app for TriMet, Oregon’s largest provider of bus, light rail and commuter rail transit services. Last month, TriMet unveiled its new app, which eliminates the need to purchase paper tickets from a machine and allows you to easily buy transit fares using your smartphone.

I’d love to see GlobeSherpa work with the City of Seattle to implement this in the Emerald City, and especially because Mayor Mike McGinn just announced that he wants to add a third streetcar line to the city.

We wrote about GlobeSherpa in March when the startup landed a $1.3 million round led by The Oregon Angel Fund.

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