Transit-focused payment service provider Littlepay has announced its role as the transit payment processor for a contactless ticketing demonstration on Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (SacRT) light rail network. The rollout, in collaboration with CalSTA’s and Caltrans’ California Integrated Travel Project (Cal-ITP), began on the Green Line in late June and has now been extended across all light rail trains. Littlepay is handling payment processing at the heart of an end-to-end solution. Its modular, API-based payments platform plugs-and-plays with pre-integrated, ‘Littlepay Ready’ validators, back offices, payment gateways and acquiring banks. Card validation technology is supplied by SC Soft and Feig; while payments management platform Cybersource, a Visa solution, provides a connection to Elavon US for acquiring services. The modular system enables SacRT and Cal-ITP to roll-out a tap-to-pay solution quickly and cost-effectively without complex integration with existing legacy closed loop systems. Riders using SacRT’s light rail trains can now tap to pay for light rail fares with a contactless credit, debit, prepaid card or digital wallet. There’s no need to stand in line to buy a ticket, or reload a fare pass; they can just tap a card reader as they board. In less than a second, a green check mark will indicate their card has been validated for fare payment and they can take a seat. SacRT is offering $1 fare for single rides on light rail during the month of September 2021. In addition, when tapping to pay, a light rail rider’s daily fare charges will be capped at $7—the same value as the Sacramento region’s Connect Card Daily Pass—no matter how many times they ride light rail. This means they can pay as they go until they hit this daily maximum when using the same contactless bank card or mobile wallet throughout the day. Going forward, the agency is looking into more ways to bring value to riders using the contactless system, such as discount fare options.