GRTC Transit System (Richmond, VA) Awards Contract to Scheidt & Bachmann USA for New BRT Fare Collection System

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Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc., a leading provider of Fare Collection Systems and Services for mass transit, is pleased to announce that GRTC Transit System (Greater Richmond Transit Company) located in Richmond, Virginia has awarded the contract for a new fare collection system to Scheidt & Bachmann. This fare collection system will service the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project currently under construction for the greater Richmond area, including Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) and Handheld Fare Validators.

Scheidt & Bachmann TVM at GRTC Bus Rapid Transit station

Artists rendering of ticket vending machine at Staples Mill Station

The GRTC Transit System, formally known as the Greater Richmond Transit Company, in Richmond, Virginia approved a contract in August for its new fare collection system for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System also known as the GRTC Pulse. This new 7.6 mile line with 14 stations is the first BRT line in Richmond. It will serve over 33,000 residents and over 77,000 workers within a half-mile radius of the new line. The fare collection system will consist of 30 ticket vending machines and 10 handheld validation devices, all networked to the FareGo Data fare management system.

This new system will be a significant step forward in fare collection technology while maintaining backward compatibility for the existing infrastructure. Scheidt & Bachmann will be deploying the latest smart card based fare media technology. The system will also accept and process magnetic fare and barcode media currently in use on GRTC’s legacy bus fare collection system operating on non-BRT portions of their transit system, previously provided by a separate vendor. GRTC is committed to providing a variety of ways for customers to purchase fare media and choose the pass that’s right for them. Once the TVMs are installed at Pulse stations, riders will have another convenient choice to purchase fare media and connect with destinations, both on the Pulse and connecting GRTC routes. This system will provide significant scalability and flexibility to grow as GRTC continues to expand both its service and breadth of fare solutions to its ridership.

GRTC Chief Executive Officer David Green says, “Introducing off-board fare collection with next-generation technology will elevate GRTC’s fare media transactions to the next level and improve the customer experience. Scheidt & Bachmann TVMs have the capabilities we know will further our commitment to responding to the needs of the communities we serve and improve our service.”

Scheidt & Bachmann USA, Inc. is a leading provider of Fare Collection Systems and Services for mass transit. The company has provided complex transportation solutions for 140 years and specifically for the past 30 years in the fare collection industry. Core business activities include manufacturing, integrating, deploying, servicing and hosting Ticket Vending Machines, Fareboxes, Faregates, Validators, POS, Handheld Devices, Parking Solutions and Centralized Data Systems. Scheidt & Bachmann’s U.S. headquarters are located in Lowell, MA. With 24 subsidiaries across the globe, Scheidt & Bachmann has over 2,800 employees worldwide and has an unwavering commitment to the long term success of our customers. For more information, visit Scheidt & Bachmann's website at

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