Smart Cards for Smart Commuters

By Bob Violino

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and other transit operators plan to deploy RFID-based fare collection systems in 2004. The technology reduces costs, and customers love the convenience.

By Paul Prince Sept. 8, 2003 - Next fall, many Boston-area commuters will be able to pass through a subway turnstile or board a bus with just a wave of their hand instead of plunking down a token or swiping a card. That’s because the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is changing its fare collection system from one that takes tokens and magnetic (mag) stripe tickets to one that accepts contactless smart cards. Customers li...

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