Santa Maria Regional Transit will now offer contactless payment on city buses.
The announcement comes as the city’s public transportation system partners with Modeshift, a provider of fare collection systems.
Santa Maria Transit has launched a new mobile application via Modeshift, where contactless payment is accessible. The app is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
According to Santa Maria Transit, the mobile app will also allow users to plan city bus trips and allow users to redeem fares by scanning QR codes on electronic validators. These validators will be installed on 35 city buses.
“We want to demonstrate our commitment to our riders and those considering riding in the face of gas prices as high as they are, by embracing technologies that will help them and facilitate their use of public transit,” said Gamaliel Anguiano, City of Santa Maria transit manager.
As part of this partnership, Santa Maria Transit will provide free bus passes to students attending Allan Hancock College.
“We are thrilled to partner with Modeshift to provide a free option for students to make affordable and accessible public transit one less thing to worry about while studying. Our students rely heavily on public transit to get to their classes, extracurricular activities, and work, so this initiative is very important,” said Cindy Morrison, Transit Grants and Projects Manager for the City of Santa Maria, in a press release.
City officials say they welcome any other schools or nonprofits to apply for free rides.
These free passes will be accessible through the new mobile app.