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Introducing Arc (Smart Fare), an electronic fare payment system for transit agencies in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

Thank you to everyone who signed up to test the Arc electronic fare payment system. We continue to work toward the start of the pilot and will be following up with all successful applicants in the weeks leading up to launch, once confirmed.

If you submitted an application to be a volunteer, please continue to buy your fare product as you normally would (tickets, passes, and so on) for the month of August.

Arc - The smart way to pay for and ride transit

Arc is the name of the Edmonton region's smart fare product. It symbolizes creating a path between two points - much like how transit connects us to vital services, supports and each other. 

It is an account-based electronic fare payment system that will make paying for transit easier and more convenient in the greater Edmonton region. Transit users in Edmonton, St. Albert, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, Spruce Grove and Beaumont will all benefit from the same transit payment system when the program launches this fall for select fare groups.

The system includes an Arc card that can be tapped when entering and exiting buses and the LRT on all 7 participating transit systems. With Arc, money is stored on a secure online account, not on the card.

Specific program details about how Arc will work for different fare groups and individual customers will be available in late summer on a new website - There will also be a new Arc call centre to answer individual questions. Only high level-program information is available through 311 and regional transit customer service agents.