HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Smart oranges 


The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, LYNX and the city of Orlando are joining forces to test an electronic-payment system with the forced-acronym name of ORANGES (Orlando Regional Alliance for the Next Generation Electronic payment System). Beginning in July, and continuing for one year, the agencies will spend $2.3 million in federally matched funds testing a new way to pay for toll roads, buses and parking.

ORANGES will arrive in the form of a "smart card," a driver's-license sized card containing an antenna. Swiping the card near an ORANGES collection machine will automatically deduct funds from a pre-paid account dubbed an "e-purse."

The test run will include only a few payment locations, and about 1,000 volunteers, whose activities will be monitored while the program is in its early developmental stages. State Road 408 will have ORANGES at the Holland East toll plaza, the busiest on the expressway system; LYNX will test the smart cards on two bus routes, 13 and 15; and the city will throw three parking garages (at Central Boulevard, Church Street Market, and the downtown Orlando library locations) into the mix.

Four other areas (Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Seattle and Anaheim, Calif.), competed for the FTA's dollars, but Orlando was chosen as the best location for the developmental study. This is the first time in the United States that an electronic-payment system has brought together diversified transportation agencies under the same financial umbrella.


Tags: ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

More by Jessica Frick

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation