CR App - Was this a typical experience?

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CR App - Was this a typical experience?

Postby lo2e » Wed May 10, 2017 3:36 am

Hello all, I'm relatively new here but I'm fascinated with "behind-the-scenes" things with regards to trains, especially the MBTA and Amtrak (I live in Maine).

I was in Boston recently and had an experience on the Commuter Rail between 128 and Back Bay that I wasn't sure was typical. I downloaded the CR ticket app on my phone and paid for round trip tickets for me and my wife. In both directions (first was 128-BBY then vice versa), I "activated" the tickets on the app and went to show the conductor when he came around, and he didn't even take a close look at my phone to verify that I did, in fact, purchase two tickets for each leg of the trip, he took a very quick glance from a few feet away and then moved on down the car. As I said, this happened the same way in both directions with different conductors each direction.

So is this typical of what happens on the CR when using the app? Are there any plans for the conductors to use a phone or something to lift eTickets in the future like Amtrak does? It seemed odd to me that neither conductor made any effort to ensure there were two tickets paid for instead of just one.
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Re: CR App - Was this a typical experience?

Postby rethcir » Wed May 10, 2017 9:07 am

Yes.
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Re: CR App - Was this a typical experience?

Postby leviramsey » Wed May 10, 2017 2:12 pm

I've had maybe one instance of riding with a companion where the conductor checked that 2 tickets were active.
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Re: CR App - Was this a typical experience?

Postby nomis » Wed May 10, 2017 8:27 pm

If you have multiple tickets activated on the new version of the phone, there are dots near the top of the screen showing that there are multiple tickets that can be viewed by swiping left or right.
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