Replacement for the token? – “Tim Cook Launches Apple Pay”

Article: Tim Cook Launches Apple Pay – The Wire.

Token -> Flash Pass -> mag stripe -> ?

So will the next step for fare collection be smart cards (a credit/debit card with a chip, à la Opus or Ventra) or smart phones?

If you don’t think Apple Pay (using NFC technology on the device) will influence this process, think again.  Look at music.

“Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren’t Meeting the Standards of Good Transit”

Article: Overall, U.S. Streetcars Just Aren’t Meeting the Standards of Good Transit – CityLab.

Jaffe plows no new ground here and, in fact, points to a Walker article that I blogged about the other week that makes some of the same points.

His use of headways to determine transit-worthiness might be a little harsh given that a lot of transit systems don’t have that many buses per hour.  Walker says it all the time: “Frequency is Freedom”.

I am really afraid that the OKC Streetcar that is still (forever?) in the planning stages will end up as decoration in the city and not useful transit.  Don’t know the proposed headway, but bet it falls short of 4 or 5 cars/hour.