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By adamg - 4/20/21 - 12:30 pm

CommonWealth talks to MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak, who says the T will likely hire 80 to 120 new employees to roam bus lines and above-ground trolleys to make sure they're paying their fares. The new system could speed up buses and trolleys by allowing people to board through both front and rear doors, but will mean a level of trust that people are boarding in the back with actual CharlieCards. The new workers will make random spot checks to make sure people are doing that.

By adamg - 11/13/20 - 3:55 pm

With a grant from the Boston Foundation, the MBTA says it will provide CharlieCards to several Boston community health centers in neighborhoods where residents might otherwise have trouble getting one of the fare cards. Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/20 - 12:02 pm

The MBTA said today it's reopening the CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing on Tuesday, several months after it was shut due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/20 - 2:58 pm

For a brief shining moment, you could buy CharlieCard rings, if you weren't lucky enough to get a Green Lantern ring (which meant you didn't need the T, because you could fly). After six years, one person's ring finally crumbled, so, ta da: CharlieCard bracelet. No word if it can ward off bullets.

By adamg - 3/4/20 - 9:10 am
Charlie on a CharlieCard

Sorry, Nia: Charlie's staying.

DigBoston reports the MBTA is spending $5.5 million on a marketing contract with a Waltham firm with ties to Charlie Baker and that the T has already put several of their ideas to humanize and promote the T into action. But the state rejected a proposal to ditch Charlie as the name of T passes in favor of a rotating set of 8 to 10 names a year, including Nia, Mike and Jose.

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By adamg - 1/9/20 - 11:42 am

MassDOT says Boston-area Boys and Girls clubs have been stocked with CharlieCards for people who want to get somewhere on the T (you'll still have to put value on them yourself): Read more.

By adamg - 9/27/18 - 9:09 am

UPDATE: The T reports the machines are working again.

The MBTA reports its card vending machines are not accepting either credit or debit cards right now, although if you happen to have some Susan B. Anthony dollars ...

By adamg - 11/20/17 - 9:32 am

MassLive reports the T is on the verge of a $723-million deal to replace the current CharlieCard system with a newer system that will let riders pay by tapping their phones or credit cards rather than plastic cards. And it'll work on commuter rail, too, and let riders board buses and trolleys through the rear doors.

Oh, don't worry, there'll still be cards for the phoneless, but they'll cost $5 apiece.

By adamg - 1/26/17 - 4:18 pm

UPDATE, 5:45 p.m: MBTA says the problem is fixed. Break out that plastic and go wild with value.

Better make a run to the bank before you head to the T stop:

Service Alert: Credit/Debit Card sales are temporarily unavailable at all stations.

By adamg - 5/31/16 - 11:34 am

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m. Jules Wang reports debit and credit cards work with fare machines again.

The T reports:

Credit/Debit card sales are temporarily unavailable at all stations and online at mbta.com. Purchases can continue to be made at retail sales locations.

By adamg - 3/28/16 - 8:57 pm

The Globe reports the T is looking at replacing the current fare machines on buses and trolleys with new devices that would only accept payments by phone, credit card or CharlieCard.

A T board member said that in addition to speeding up boarding, the new system would satisfy what she claims is public demand to be charged based on distance or time of day. Ed. question: Any of you T riders clamoring to be charged more for riding at rush hour or from Forest Hills to Braintree?

By adamg - 9/4/15 - 11:02 pm

UPFAYE, Saturday morning: Your credit is good with the T again.

This message is now up on mbta.com:

Credit/Debit card fare machines sales are unavailable at all stations until further notice. Fare machines sales are unavailable on mbta.com.

By adamg - 2/23/15 - 4:38 pm

Buried in the latest edition of the MBTA's winter service-update page today is a "special message to our valued customers" from T General Manager Beverly Scott (still on the job until April) that includes this:

Understandably, given the extended duration of our severe weather challenges, a number of questions have been raised regarding fare reimbursement, including a range of suggestions.

On March 3rd, MBTA staff will review a series of options with the Finance Committee of the MassDOT Board of Directors.

By adamg - 12/14/14 - 10:14 pm

Ben Chan asks:

My Charliecard went through the washing machine. Any idea if it's still durable and good to continue to use?

By adamg - 8/1/14 - 8:54 am
Lines at Forest Hills on the Orange Line

Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:

Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.

By adamg - 7/17/14 - 10:28 am
Beware his power, Green Line rider's might!

Beware his power, Green Line rider's might!

MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.

Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.

THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.

By adamg - 7/11/14 - 5:02 pm

Casey Kolenda, arrested this past spring on charges he used a magnetic "skimmer" and large numbers of regular CharlieCards to create at least 3,000 bogus monthly Link Passes, was formally indicted by a grand jury yesterday for the alleged forgeries. Officials estimate the cards cost the T $225,000 in lost revenue.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 2/4/14 - 4:53 pm
The line at the CharlieCard store in Downtown Crossing

Around noontime, Kerry Tubbs photographed the line at the CharlieCard store in Downtown Crossing, where dreams go to die all the people whose CharlieCards expired on Friday have to go to get their remaining value transferred to fresh new cards that don't expire until 2021.

Meanwhile, Red Line riders are queuing up in novel places at South Station this afternoon because the traditional stairway down to the subway is shut for repairs. But, Jesse Tokarz reminds us, at least there's still five different coffee shops inside. At least there's a bar now.

By adamg - 8/22/13 - 12:53 pm
Man gets onto MBTA with just a ring

Ringing up the MBTA.

Some MIT students (natch) say they've figured out how to build the guts of CharlieCards into stylish rings, which would let anyone, even a superhero in green tights, ride the T without fumbling for their plastic card.

They've set up a Kickstarter to raise funds for mass production of the rings via 3D printing - which they say will let them sell rings in a variety of colors and even with circuitry shaped into particular four-letter words (such as "EMMA" and "YOLO").

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