LAVAL, QC, July 13 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - A new mobile application, which allows the purchase and use of public transit fares by smartphone will be tested all summer long by Société de transport de Laval (STL) employees. A secure one-stop solution with everything inside the phone, this novel payment mode experiment, which will run across the entire bus network territory, comes on the heels of the onboard credit card payment system in seven Laval bus routes.
The application was developed jointly with France's ACTOLL, which has profound experience in public transit in Europe. Along the lines of other STL apps, like STLSynchro+ and MaSTL, this application was dubbed STL billets and works with both, the Apple and Android platforms. The project is only open to employees at the moment but a second testing phase could include customers later this year.
"We are committed to make getting around in Laval easier, especially for occasional public transport users" said STL board president David De Cotis. "Mobile applications are deeply embedded in all aspects of business and this is a worldwide reality. The application we are testing is a time-saving single-window solution that carries out all the operations, from fare purchase to transfers right from your smartphone, which is always on you."
ACTOLL CEO Liborio Panzarella added that: "We are particularly satisfied with carrying out this first Quebec pilot project with the STL, whose proclivity towards innovation is unanimously renowned. In addition, the project fits seamlessly into ACTOLL's North American development strategy, and Quebec, thanks to its strong ties to France, seemed to us as the natural path to follow in sharing our innovations."
The results of this trial will be shared with the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) and with Quebec's other public transportation companies.
How it works
It is a simple concept: purchase your fare via a secure payment platform and validate the tickets by scanning a QR code with your phone when you board the bus. For each ticket used, a transfer fare is automatically activated in the application.
About the Société de transport de Laval
The Société de transport de Laval (STL) develops and operates an integrated network of buses, school bus routes, collective taxi and paratransit services, covering a total of 20 million trips per year. The STL's regular bus network includes 45 buses, more than 2,700 bus stops with service to over 1,400 km across Laval. The STL is one of the most innovative companies in North America thanks to projects that include the first 40-foot 100% electric bus in Quebec, in service since 2013, and its real time user information system, which provides, since 2010, information to clients in real time on the location of all the buses on its network. In 2017, the STL launched the STL Quality Commitment Program, the first customer service guarantee of its kind in Canada. www.stl.laval.qc.ca
About Société de transport d'Actoll
Since 1996, ACTOLL has been developing information systems used by motorway and urban tolls and by public transport ticket dispenser technologies. The company works under mandate of the Autorités Organisatrices de Transport Public (Public Transport Organising Authorities) and of the entire Sociétés d'Autoroutes Françaises (French Motorway Companies). Thanks to its know-how in the field of public transport and tolling systems, it has been able to secure a position as a major player in mobility without borders, bridging different lines of business. A significant part of the company's efforts goes into R&Din an investment that allows it to offer innovative products and services geared towards satisfying its customers' every need. ACTOLL is also an important stakeholder in Grenoble's digital ecosystem (Digital Grenoble, Grilog) and favours various partnerships and exchanges. It is also a member of the MInalogic global innovation cluster and is located in the heart of the first French technopolis "Inovallée" in Meylan. www.actoll.com
SOURCE Société de transport de Laval
For further information: Estelle Lacroix, Communications and marketing officer, Société de transport de Laval, 514-264-2089, [email protected]; Lydia Monnet, CEO of Run4U, ACTOLL Partner in Canada, [email protected]