CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby MBTA3247 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:55 pm

An alternate verification line wouldn't be needed - there is ticket-type fare media available with RFID built into it. Functionally, it works the same as a CharlieCard.
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby andrewjw » Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:05 pm

Hmm, yes. Like the Ventra Ticket.
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby Disney Guy » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:53 pm

How would they handle malfunctioning tap off machines at a destination station?
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby Rbts Stn » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:09 am

They won't. You'll have to fill out an online form that has no links to it and wait "8-10 weeks" for a reply which won't come.

SImilarly, when your train breaks down and they transfer you to a bus and drop you off in the parking lot after a 4 hour delay the system will have already "decided" that you didn't tap out and charge you the max.
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby RenegadeMonster » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:25 am

You would think the system would be able to handle that and it's been thought through.

I know the system they want to use is used in Europe without issue, but I guarantee they don't have the reliability issues we have with our fleet. That being said. The system has been used in other parts of the world and is reliable. So I would hope it would be a solid implementation.
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby Ryand-Smith » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:21 pm

Caltrans uses a unified media card (Clipper) that can be used on bus, subway and heavy rail. IT can hold digital monthly passes for multiple systems, raw cash which is used for tap on and off and it holds transfers. This is LONG solved technology.
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby Teamdriver » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:48 pm

Commuter rail trains to accept onboard credit card payments

BOSTON — Keolis Commuter Services, the MBTA’s operating partner, and the MBTA have announced that beginning this fall commuter rail passengers will be able to pay onboard with a credit or debit card.

A first for the network, a new mobile point of sale system has been tested and refined and over the next two months will be expanded to include all conductors. ... d-payments

Excuse please if this is somehere else !
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby BandA » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:22 pm

If the Conductor could use their Bluetooth printer to print all tickets instead of using the paper & hole-punch that would save some clerk from tallying or auditing the paper tickets, right?
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Re: CharlieCard / Ticket discussion

Postby RenegadeMonster » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:12 pm

The MBTA has a proposed for fare hike this year.

More about the proposal here and how to be submit feedback or attend a community meeting:

Here are the proposed new prices:

Bus, Subway and Commuter Rail are impacted. For example, my Zone 3 Commuter Rail pass will go from $244.25 to $261.00.
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