The Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority will be launching YCATPass, a new smart card fare payment system, on Sept. 2.
YCATPass uses smart card technology to facilitate fare payments in a “safe and secure manner,” according to John Andoh, YCIPTA transit director.
With this new system, passengers simply tap the reader and go.
“We are excited about the launch of the YCATPass fare payment system, which will benefit passengers and help speed up the boarding process,” Andoh said.
In addition, passengers who use YCATPass will save 25 cents off cash fares for one-way trips and $1.75 off cash fares when using the one-day YCATPass.
The technology will also allow YCIPTA to keep track of how passengers use the bus system.
“In the future, we’ll be able to use that information to improve service and realize efficiencies in our transit system,” explained Robert Pickels, chairman of the YCIPTA Board of Directors.
The card can be registered so if a passenger loses it, a new pass can be reissued with the money loaded on the card intact.
YCIPTA encourages all passengers to get a YCATPass card, which will be available starting Sept. 2. The cost for an initial YCATPass is $2.
YCATPasses can be obtained at the YCAT Bus Facility, 2715 E. 14th St., online at www.ycat.az.gov or through the mail.
In addition, preloaded 31-day, 10-day and 10-ride YCATPass cards will soon be available for purchase at all Arizona Public Service office locations in Yuma and San Luis, all Yuma County Circle K locations, Somerton City Hall, Wellton Town Hall, Paradise Casino, Quechan Casino Resort and Gonzo’s Super Save USA.
Blank and preloaded YCATPass cards are only available at the YCAT Bus Facility.
Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization, which previously oversaw YCAT, first purchased the smart card system in 2009.
As part of a limited pilot program in 2010, YMPO created a semester pass in partnership with Yuma Private Industry Council, Aztec High School and Arizona Western College.
In 2011, YMPO temporarily shut down the system in order to reconfigure it to allow for more passes. The system, which is called Acufare, was developed by Acumen Building Enterprises of Oakland, Calif.
For YCAT transit information and YCAT OnCall reservations, call 928-783-2235.