BIXI Montreal Now Fully Integrated with Transit
Officials from the City of Montreal and BIXI Montreal announced last week that all 540 BIXI Montreal stations are now are now equipped to allow commuters to rent bikes using their OPUS transit cards. OPUS card holders can purchase single rides of 30 minutes or less for $2.95 using their OPUS transit cards. This robust, system-wide transit integration was developed by the teams at Motivate & Montreal-based 8D Technologies (now part of the Motivate family).
“I’m really thrilled about our close-knit relationship with BIXI Montréal,” says Jay Walder, president and CEO of 8D Technologies. “Together, we have been able to demonstrate that we are continuously working on innovations to elevate the first large-scale bike share system in North America, including one of the first transit integrations in North America. We look forward to our continued partnership with BIXI Montréal and the City of Montreal, and we will continue our innovative approach to offer state-of-the art solutions to commuters here and abroad.”
As the technology provider for BIXI Montréal, 8D worked in collaboration with BIXI Montréal and the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) to help launch the OPUS transit card payment integration project last year for BIXI cyclists. This integration allowed OPUS card holders across Quebec to use their cards on the contactless readers to purchase single bike share rides at a select number of BIXI OPUS stations in the BIXI Montréal bike share system.
Commuters can sign up for the service online to be able to use their OPUS transit cards on the contactless readers at BIXI pay stations for quick transactions, without a security deposit. These same contactless card readers also allow all users to tap their payment cards to make purchases.
Earlier this year, 8D Technologies won the prestigious Mercuriades award for excellence in web and mobile technology development for the original OPUS for BIXI project.
For more information about OPUS for BIXI, visit the BIXI Montreal site at http://bixi.com.