Public transit agencies nationwide are adopting a new generation of fare collection systems. They see the potential for new payment methods—or fare media—to make transactions more convenient and improve transit operations and service delivery. Possible benefits include faster bus boarding and the integration of fare policy across modes and agencies within a single metro area.
At the same time, new fare media raise legitimate individual privacy concerns. Namely, they have the potential to significantly increase the personal data generated and collected by transit agencies, as well as the private companies that agencies contract or partner with.
Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of new fare media and what transit agencies and riders can do to mitigate these privacy concerns.
Mizue Aizeki, Interim Executive Director, Immigrant Defense Project
Albert Fox Cahn, Esq. Executive Director, Surveillance Technology Oversight Project at The Urban Justice Center
Carol Kuester, Director of Electronic Payments, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Tom Pera, Program Associate, TransitCenter
George Joseph, Reporter, WNYC/Gothamist
Co-sponsored by TransitCenter and Surveillance Technology Oversight Project