Cubic Transportation Systems

Cubic Transportation Systems is an American company that produces and markets public transport fare reading and payment systems.[1][2][3] It is headquartered in San Diego, California, with offices in North America, Europe, India, and Australia.[4] It is a unit of Cubic Corporation that designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications.

Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.
IndustryPublic transport
Number of employees
2,300 (2015)
ParentCubic Corporation

Products and servicesEdit

Cubic smartcard gates on Sydney Metro

Cubic Transportation Systems' business is centered on contactless smartcard technology.[5] Cubic provides the following products and services.[6][7]

  • Ticket machines
  • Smartcard readers
  • Fare-collection gates
  • Revenue management services
    • Card-based
    • Account-based: Chicago's Ventra project for the Chicago Transit Authority[8] and London Oyster Cards are two of Cubic's account-based products.
    • Mobile
    • Devices: NextAgent is a concept in transport ticketing using high-speed video links enabling customers to interact with ticketing staff in real-time. It is a solution for transport operators to respond to significant trends in ticketing and allows them to balance request in a cost-effective manner by locating ticketing in centralized ticketing "hubs".[9]
  • Transit customer support
  • Management services to transit agencies
  • Real-time passenger information
    • NextBus is a cloud-based solution that provides real-time passenger information systems to approximately 135 transit organizations.[10]
  • Operational planning assistance
  • Traffic management
  • Predictive analytics
    • Cubic's subsidiary, Urban Insights, provides the predictive analytics business.[12]
  • Tolling
    • Cubic created an integrated payment processing, customer service, and financial management platform for the tolling industry.[13]
  • Parking
  • Operational IT services
  • Asset management services
    • Services include field maintenance, device support, depot repair and part supply, spares and obsolescence, and cash collection.[14]


Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 markets on five continents. Cubic first implemented mobile ticketing technology in 2006 (one year prior to the launch of the iPhone and two years prior to the launch of Android) and now produces multiple mobile fare collection options, including mobile ticketing through barcoding, NFC tools, contact and contactless smartcard payments, and traditional automated fare collection systems. Cubic Transportation Systems manages around 70% of the global market for smart transit cards[15]. As of 2015, Cubic processes more than 24 billion transactions a year[16].

Fare Collection ProjectsEdit


  1. ^ Wright, Ann (March 3, 2011). "Cubic Transportation Systems offers to take on myki". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  2. ^ "NVV picks Cubic Transportation for mobile ticketing service". telecompaper. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems wins Oyster ticket machine tender" (Press release). Association of Train Operating Companies. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  4. ^ "About Us | Cubic Corporation". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  5. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems (India) Launches Smart Card Trial". Bloomberg (Press release). 8 December 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  7. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  8. ^ Jon, Hilkevitch (February 5, 2014). "CTA gives Ventra contractor green light". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  9. ^ "NextAgent Ticket Office Brochure PDF" (PDF).
  10. ^ "NextBus > Home". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  11. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Traffic Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  12. ^ "About Us > Urban Insights". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  13. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Tolling". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  14. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services > Asset Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28.
  15. ^ Reid, Carlton (January 9, 2020). "Oyster Card Supplier Cubic Signs Integration Deal With Transit App Maker Moovit". Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  16. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems, NextWave Brochure" (PDF).

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