Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Wins OSCA Award

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Wins OSCA Award

NEW YORK, June 5 /PRNewswire/–In recognition of the hard work and significant achievements pertaining to the smart card industry, the Smart Card Alliance has presented Gregory Garback, Executive Officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority with an “Outstanding Smart Card Application Award”. The award was presented by Ann Kennedy of First Data Corporation at an Awards Luncheon held on Monday, May 14, 2001 at the 11th Annual CardTech/SecurTech Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

SmarTrip is the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) contactless smart card that is used for paying fares in the rail system and fees at parking facilities. Use of the card will be expanded to Metrobus and other regional transit operators in the near future. The WMATA smart card automatic fare collection system links both the rail and parking operations with a single fare medium, the SmarTrip card.

“We are pleased to be able to present this award to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority,” said Ann Kennedy, Vice President of Global Smart Card Business Development, First Data Corporation and Technology Vice Chair of the Smart Card Alliance. “The SmarTrip program has made a significant impact on the use of smart card technology in the transportation industry.”

“We were delighted to present Greg Garback the “Outstanding Smart Card Application Award’,” said Donna Farmer, President and CEO of the Smart Card Alliance. “The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is leading the way for a new world of smart card technology in the transportation arena. We look forward to working with them in driving the adoption of smart card technology in North America.”

“We are very pleased to have won the “Outstanding Smart Card Application Award’,” said Greg Garback, Executive Officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. “I would like to thank the independent panel of judges and the Smart Card Alliance for the extraordinary honor and the special recognition that this award holds. SmarTrip delivers tremendous benefits to our customers, providing convenience, faster transactions, and more security than paper fare cards currently in use. Altogether, these benefits simplify the lives of our customers making transit more attractive to ride.”

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 175 members working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of multiple application smart card technology by bringing together, in an open forum, leading users and technologists from both the public and private sectors. The Smart Card Alliance is the leading organization for education and awareness of topical issues associated with the use and adoption of smart card systems. For more information about the Smart Card Alliance, log on to the organization’s web site at http://www.securetechalliance.org.

About the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired the four area bus systems in 1973 and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Metrorail now operates 83 stations and 103 miles of line. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500 square mile area in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. For more information about WMATA, log onto their web site at http://www.wmata.com or call their public affairs office at 202.962.1051.