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large grey boxes?

Postby Gregger2 » Fri Apr 23, 2004 2:25 pm

Has anyone else noticed the plethora of large grey mettle boxes that seem to be springing up in the system? What are they for? Possibly communications? I have seen them at Prudential, Copley, and Boylston so far..
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Postby ckb » Fri Apr 23, 2004 4:12 pm

Someone noticed this on the old board at the Kendall station on the Red Line, as well as new conduit at the Porter Sq. station.

We were guessing, but we thought that perhaps this had something to do with infrastructure for an Automated Fare Collection System.

Anyone else?
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Postby Diverging Route » Fri Apr 23, 2004 4:21 pm

I was the one who originally posed the question on the old board.

I have subsequently confirmed with a T employee that the boxes are indeed for the new automated fare collection system.
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Postby Gregger2 » Sun Apr 25, 2004 7:32 pm

that's what I thought. I am surprised they are so big though. Is there any info out on how the new fare collection will work? will they still accept tokens?
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Mon Apr 26, 2004 5:56 am

Actually not, they will no longer take tokens. It will be just like NYCT mostly, tokens here will become collectour's items, ans the remainder will be sold for scrap.

Also, this will be not only like NYCT, but similar to WMATA as well as the BART, they also use AFC services too. Its better also.
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Postby ST214 » Mon Apr 26, 2004 4:25 pm

Is it going to be like METRO in DC??? I sure hope not, as it will be very expensive then.
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How much like NYCT?

Postby Ron Newman » Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:16 pm

It took NYCT ten years from the introduction of the first MetroCard to the acceptance of the last token. I hope the transition here goes a bit more quickly.
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Postby vanshnookenraggen » Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:27 pm

With a new Automated Fare Collection, will this mean that some closed off entrances/exits will be opened and Symphony and Prudential will FINALLY get fare collection? Also, how will this work for above ground stations? Will they finally open all the doors or will boarding just go smother when people don't have to stop and stuff bills in the side?
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Postby Robert Paniagua » Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:10 am

Is it going to be like METRO in DC??? I sure hope not, as it will be very expensive then.

Not farewise, but its going to be like WMATA and BART physically-wise. the fare (should) remain the same, hoepfully.
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Postby Ron Newman » Tue Apr 27, 2004 10:58 am

WMATA and BART require swiping a card on exit. That's not going to work on the T, with its many ground-level streetcar stops.
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Postby apodino » Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:28 am

Its probably going to be more like CTA or NY Subway, where you only have one flat fare and you swipe on entry. Also will allow you to replenish amount on card, so you don't need to pull out cash, and would be compatable with the buses as well.
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Postby vanshnookenraggen » Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:37 am

Ron Newman wrote:WMATA and BART require swiping a card on exit.


That will make exit at Quincy Adams and Braintree better for people who don't know that it requires and exit fare (even though it is posted on every Red Line train).
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