Austin Enables Commuters To Swap Paper Tickets For Smartphone Swipes

Austin Enables Commuters To Swap Paper Tickets For Smartphone Swipes

People can buy and store their transit passes on their mobile devices via the new CapMetro app.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 28 january 2014

Capital Metro, the regional public transportation provider of central Texas, worked with mobile ticketing pioneer Bytemark to launch the new CapMetro app, which allows commuters in Austin to buy and store transit passes using their mobile devices.

The free app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows devices. Commuters simply download the app and create a user account. Users can buy tickets, view real-time schedules, plan trips, view routes, or check out the next bus near their location.


To use their device as a transit ticket, commuters only have to show their smartphone screens to the bus operators or scan the on-screen barcode upon boarding. Users are also eligible for CapMetro customer rewards that may be launched in the future.


The app, which happens to be Bytemark’s first mobile ticketing app for a citywide transit authority, is being launched as part of the new high-tech Metro Rapid service in preparation for the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in March.

The citywide mobile ticketing application aims to help rejuvenate the transit industry. The program also helps decrease the use of paper in the city.




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