Cubic Transportation Systems announced a contract extension of up to five years from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for operations and maintenance services supporting the regional Clipper card fare payment system in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The extended contract period is from November 2019 to November 2024, and is valued at approximately $25 million per year, Cubic Transportation, a business unit of Cubic Corp, said.

MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Cubic has been providing services to MTC under a current 10-year services agreement that began when Cubic, in partnership with MTC, launched the Clipper card system to the Bay Area in 2009.

Cubic said that under the contract it will continue to support MTC and its regional partners for the Clipper system. Cubic operates the customer call center, Clipper card fulfillment and distribution, technical help desk, retail merchant network, and the transit benefits system for employer/employee management of transit subsidies.

According to the company, Cubic’s contract extension will support Clipper through the transition to the next-generation system. MTC plans to upgrade the Clipper system with new fare technologies, such as mobile payment. According to a recent MTC survey, 93 percent of customers reported that they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Clipper system and would like the agency to integrate new features. Cubic’s contract extension will support Clipper through the transition to the next-generation system.

Cubic Corp. designs, integrates and operates systems, products and services focused in the transportation, defense training and secure communications markets.