Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Two Boston schools launch campus card taxi payments program

Monday, November 26, 2012

Students at Emerson College and Suffolk University, Boston, can now use their campus card to pay for taxi rides. The new program is the result of a partnership between CBORD and Creative Mobile Technologies, which produces taxi cab payment systems.

Students at both schools already use their campus cards for purchases on- and off-campus. Emerson uses CBORD’s CS Gold campus card system, while Suffolk uses CBORD’s Odyssey PCS system. Both card systems are integrated with CBORD’s UGryd commerce platform.


Students only need to swipe their cards at one of Creative Mobile’s in-taxi payment terminals, available in 1,200 of the city’s taxis, to pay for rides and tips using campus card funds.

“Having the ability to pay for your cab with your Ram card is a great benefit for Suffolk students and encourages safe travel any time of day,” said John Silveria, Suffolk’s assistant dean of Students.

“Previously, Emerson offered vouchers through our Public Safety department to help students pay for taxi rides and bill them to their student accounts,” said Thomas Doyle, Emerson’s assistant director of business services. “We have been steadily expanding our off-campus program for some time, and this taxi payment integration is a great addition.”

Founded in New York City in 2005 by taxi industry leaders, Creative Mobile provides more than 20,000 taxicabs in 60 cities and 35 states with taxi technologies and enhancements including credit and debit card processing. [end] 

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