How will Smart Fare work?
Customers will be able to use a Smart Fare card to tap on/off transit and pay a flat fee for their trip. Customers will be able take advantage of fare capping up to a daily or monthly maximum amount. Funds loaded onto the Smart Fare account will be available immediately. If customers lose their Smart Fare card, they can replace it by transferring their balance to a new card.
The advantage of using a smart card is that a rider’s trip in Edmonton will cost $3 and, as long as riders “tap off” within the 90-minute travel window, the fare will count toward a monthly cap. For example, in Phase 1, a $100 monthly cap for an Adult; or in Phase 2, for example, a $35 monthly cap for Ride Transit Program low-income tier 1.
After a rider reaches their monthly cap, they will ride for free for the remainder of the month. This incentive encourages riders to purchase and use a smart card, and rewards frequent transit riders.