LTK Engineering Services (LTK) is currently providing long-term fare collection consultant services to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The project has three main tasks: procurement support for the New Electronic Payments Program (NEPP), design and implementation oversight of enhanced communications infrastructure at Metrorail station mezzanines, and contract closeout support for the Regional AFC Upgrades of the Single Platform Solution.
Under the NEPP, LTK is overseeing strategy development and developing the technical and commercial procurement documents to modernize and replace WMATA’s fare collection system with a new electronic payments system. The account-based NEPP relies on standards-based open architecture and requires the development of comprehensive interfaces that WMATA will control, enhancing the Authority’s capabilities for cost-effective lifecycle management of the system.
LTK has developed strategy documents which will allow WMATA’s AFC system to accept new forms of payment, increase the variety and types of media that can be processed, improve methods of communication and customer services, and allow a more rapid integration of emerging technologies. The NEPP will also accept a number of contactless media already common within the WMATA service area, including government issued identification media compliant with the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) standard.
In the process of completing the NEPP task requirements, LTK has performed a survey of existing system equipment, and has also interviewed WMATA management and employees to identify Authority needs and priorities. These findings are the basis for the NEPP system technical specification.
Acting as an extension to Authority staff, LTK developed the Project Charter, Strategic Plan, Source Selection Plan, a First Stage RFP to qualify vendors, and was a member of the technical evaluation team. After the qualification of proposers in the First Stage, LTK support continued in the development of the NEPP Business Plan, and the Second Stage RFP documents which were issued in June 2011. LTK will continue to provide ongoing support to the NEPP initiative subsequent to the award of the contract to the successful vendor through design review, manufacturing, testing, installation, revenue service and warranty phases of the program.
In support of WMATA’s AFC Engineering Department, LTK is managing an ongoing initiative to upgrade the Authority’s communications infrastructure to Ethernet cable across the WMATA rail system in advance of the NEPP. In addition to developing the work scope, LTK manages the project schedule, coordinates cross-departmental meetings, and supports and supervises onsite work. Furthermore, LTK provides technical support in WMATA’s AFC Engineering software test lab where all software is test before deployment in the production environment.
In support of the closeout of the Regional AFC Upgrades of the Single Platform Solution, LTK is assisting the Office of the Treasurer with the development of a fully conformed set of contract documents through the collection and organization of all project correspondence and technical submittals in a secure, electronic, searchable manner. LTK also developed a comprehensive and clear list of required deliverables and their submittal status, including items such as documentation, training, hardware, software, test procedures and test results. LTK is currently supporting the Office of the Treasurer with management of the remaining contractor deliverables for the Single Platform Solution, as well as transition of the existing proprietary smart media to open standard MiFare Plus media, procurement/deployment of new smart media and associated remote dispenser devices.