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Atlanta Streetcar gets mobile ticketing app

December 19,2016

Source: Urvaksh Karkaria, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Want to the buy a ticket on the Atlanta Streetcar? Now, there’s an app for that.

The City has launched a mobile ticketing app, powered by moovel North America, that allows riders to purchase, use and store tickets instantly on their smartphones.

The streetcar began service at the end of 2014, running along a 2.7-mile east-west route linking the Centennial Olympic Park area with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The loop features a dozen stops.

The Atlanta Streetcar is the first transit system in metro Atlanta to offer a mobile ticketing system.

The ticketing system costs less than traditional fare collection technology and provides real-time reporting and geo-location data, said Nat Parker, CEO of moovel North America said in the statement.

The free app, available on Android and iOS platforms, enable users to buy single use or day, weekly, and monthly passes; get real-time arrival information; and validate tickets on their smartphone. The app will be in beta for a month.

“The Atlanta Streetcar is now a permanent feature of our city’s transportation system, and with innovations like the new app and expansion to more neighborhoods, the Streetcar will continue to grow in importance,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in the statement.

Riders can still purchase paper tickets at all 12 stops using credit/debit cards and Breeze Cards loaded with stored value. Separate ticket vending machines at four stops (King Historic District, Centennial Olympic Park, Woodruff Park and Park Place) accept cash for purchases.