Cubic Transportation Systems

Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. is the subsidiary of Cubic Corporation that produces, markets and operates 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 the world's largest operator of public transport fare collection services.

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 Projects
Date Project Location
2018 Next Generation Ticketing System Queensland
2017 OMNY New York
2013 Compass Card Vancouver
2013 Ventra Card Chicago
2012 Opal card New South Wales
2012 London Future Ticketing agreement London
2011 PATCO Open Payment Pilot including Google Wallet acceptance Philadelphia and South Jersey
2010 Clipper card San Francisco Bay Area
2010 Scania
2010 MTA CharmCard Maryland
2009 Compass Card San Diego County
2009 EASY Card Miami metropolitan area
2009 Modena
2008 Transit Access Pass Los Angeles County
2008 go card South East Queensland
2007 PATH SmartLink New York metropolitan area
2007 PATCO Freedom Card Philadelphia and South Jersey
2006 MARTA Breeze Card Atlanta metropolitan area
2006 RMV / KVV Mobile Ticketing Frankfurt Rhine-Main
2005 Go-To card Minneapolis
2004 BART EZ Rider San Francisco Bay Area
2003 Oyster card London
2002 ChicagoCard Chicago
1999 WMATA SmarTrip Washington metropolitan area
1997 Chicago Transit Authority Transit Card (phased out in 2014) Chicago
1997 Skånetrafiken public transportation authority, JoJo card (phased out in December 2019) Skåne County
1991 MetroCard New York metropolitan area


  1. ^ Wright, Ann (March 3, 2011). "Cubic Transportation Systems offers to take on myki". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "NVV picks Cubic Transportation for mobile ticketing service". telecompaper. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems wins Oyster ticket machine tender" (Press release). Association of Train Operating Companies. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "About Us | Cubic Corporation". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems (India) Launches Smart Card Trial". Bloomberg (Press release). 8 December 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Jon, Hilkevitch (February 5, 2014). "CTA gives Ventra contractor green light". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 March 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "NextAgent Ticket Office Brochure PDF" (PDF). CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "NextBus > Home". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Traffic Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "About Us > Urban Insights". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Solutions > Tolling". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Cubic Corporation > Transportation > Services > Asset Management". Retrieved 2015-09-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Reid, Carlton (January 9, 2020). "Oyster Card Supplier Cubic Signs Integration Deal With Transit App Maker Moovit". Retrieved January 13, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Cubic Transportation Systems, NextWave Brochure" (PDF). CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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