Charlie came to life today, ambling about town to promote Charlie Cards and the new air-conditioned Charlie service center at Downtown Crossing.
At the Public Garden, Charlie posed with... Read more
Boston to a T snapped this fare machine at Park Street today. In a word: Wha?
The Boston Business Journal reports the MBTA plans to go ahead with an idea from a local startup - which the T says, however, is not guaranteed the contract to implement it all.
Ed. question: Didn't the old T passes sometimes have ads on them? The article doesn't answer the question of how to avoid Coraline-like ads on cards designed to last a decade.... Read more
A concerned T rider files this report via e-mail:
This morning, my everyday card with a monthly pass on it came up as "EXPIRED" and wouldn't let me in. The attendant at Davis said that this was happening a lot - he gave me a new card, told me to go... Read more
CharlieCards have a five-year expiration date, as Ron Newman discovered. Since they were introduced in late 2006, that means lots of them are going to be expiring soon. Any value you have left on an expired card won't just go poof, however. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo says:
T riders may have the value on their expiring cards transferred to a new one at the... Read more
Harold M. Clemens reports he wanted to reward a cool harmonica and guitar player on an Orange Line platform at Downtown Crossing yesterday, but realized he couldn't, because he had no change:
... in an instant I recognized what must be an externality - Charlie Cards have likely put a pinch on pan handlers, curb-side musicians and others. to be more specific: since automated... Read more
For your basic crime-obsession needs, nothing beats MassMostWanted, where you get a daily dose of ne'er-do-wells doing, well, ne'er. Of late, I've noticed a common theme among many of the reports on people wanted for stealing credit cards, such as this report:
Arlington has had 3 motor vehicle breaks where wallets were stolen and the credit cards were used in Boston and Cambridge.... Read more
Step-by-step directions - acetone is involved.
Funktionslust reports that if you put a CharlieCard in acetone for about 20 minutes, all of the plastic dissolves and what you're left with is some strands of copper (which act as an antenna) and the RFID chip that does all the magic. Photo.
Tomorrow, she plans to try it out to see if it still works.
The Executive Office of Transportation says that, effective immediately, student CharlieCards on the T are now good until 11 p.m. on weekdays - three hours longer than before, in a program aimed at letting kids participate in after-school programs that run late.
The office also says it is looking at creation of a new Youth Pass - available to anybody through age 21.
The T reports CharlieCard users can now renew or replenish their cards online, by setting up a MyCharlie account.
The new system lets monthly pass holders have their cards get renewed automatically and lets users get replacement CharlieCards for lost or stolen cards. T General Manager Dan Grabauskas said:
With this new technology, customers who register their CharlieCard receive a replacement free of charge.... Read more
Doug reports how he got two monthly express-bus passes for the price of one, thanks to a quirky card vending machine.
This morning, NONE of the faregates at North Station subway were accepting monthly passes. Instead, they had a single CSA manning the 'Reduced Fare' faregate, and you flashed your pass at them as you went through.
Also, the ticket machines were apparently not accepting debit cards today, as the single CSA at the gate was yelling to people who were having problems with the machines.... Read more
Let's say you're using the toilet and as you get up, but before you flush, you realize your CharlieCard has somehow fallen into the bowl. Do you retrieve it?
ArsTechnica reports Dutch researchers claim to have broken the encryption used to protect information on CharlieCards and similar systems:
... The group at Radboud carried out its investigation with the help of Ghost, a tag emulator, reader, and eavesdrop device that they built for around 40 euros. ...
The company that makes the CharlieCard system has come out with a more secure encryption system,... Read more
Maybe a slight exaggeration, but this completely caught me off guard. Charlie Card = Discount Card, and the discounts aren't bad at all.
"Just show your CharlieCard to save!
Take a look through our new CharlieCard Discount Book below - it's packed with deals you can't pass up - from arts and entertainment options, restaurants, retail stores, health and fitness services, and more! Plus,... Read more