MARTA ‘breezes’ to cloud with Cubic

Written by Railway Age Staff
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Cubic Corp. announced that its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division was awarded a $6.5-million contract from the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to migrate the Cubic-operated back office system for the Breeze Card to the cloud.

First implemented by Cubic in 2006, the Breeze Card is MARTA’s automated fare collection technology. The migration will be implemented through Cubic’s collaboration with Microsoft and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

“Throughout the years, Cubic has successfully helped MARTA and the Greater Atlanta area with many of its transportation challenges while continually improving the transit experience in the city,” said Matt Cole, president of CTS. “Moving the Breeze Card system to the cloud will not only provide MARTA with enhanced functionality, but it also marks an important step in the journey to provide the best-in-class, next-generation transit service in Atlanta.”

Under the contract, Cubic will also upgrade the Breeze Card system to the latest release of its NextFare® central system software. The upgrade will improve user experience and operational efficiency by optimizing the database performance and data warehouse capability. This will make it easier for MARTA to maintain payment card industry (PCI) compliance and will provide enhanced network security and disaster recovery features.

“Moving to the cloud will allow MARTA to leverage all of the new storage and security features, while becoming less dependent on often vulnerable, on-premises solutions – all to the benefit of Atlanta’s travelers,” said Torrey Kirby, interim assistant general manager of technology and chief information officer of MARTA.



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