Smart Columbus places tall order for all-in-one mobile trip payments


Columbus City Council approved a $1.8 million contract Monday that will advance the city’s efforts to become the first to offer a single app riders can use to both plan a trip with multiple legs and pay for it all, whether they use public transit or a private service.

It’s a tricky proposition, particularly as it’s not yet clear if the app can be integrated with the payment systems of national ridesharing companies. In its latest quarterly report to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Smart Columbus – a joint program of the city and Columbus Partnership – said companies “like Uber and Lyft remain the biggest challenge” in enlisting cooperation.

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Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Originally published March 12, 2019.

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