By - 8/22/13 - 12:53 pm

Man about to get on the T without a CharlieCardMan about to get on the T without a CharlieCard.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").

By - 10/3/11 - 1:10 pm

The T explains how to extend the life of your CharlieCard.

By - 5/25/10 - 2:40 pm

does it take to diagnose a problem with the faregates at North Station?

Answer: No fewer than seven.

As I came into North Station subway this morning about 8:35, the faregates were really screwed up. There were very long lines waiting to get through, even though all but two of the gates were open. Even though none of the gates I could see read "Smart Cards Only" (which is an absurd concept in and of itself, given the number op people coming from the commuter rail), the gates were still randomly rejecting tickets and passes.

By - 8/14/08 - 12:58 am

Janice Loux distributes a report by those MIT students, calls for an external audit, the Globe reports.

By - 2/13/07 - 8:16 pm

For those of you following the saga of my discarded CharlieTicket project:

Yesterday, I brought 50 CharlieTickets worth $67.85 to the Charlie office in Downtown Crossing station. In return, I got a CharlieCard with all of that value on it -- but it took 45 minutes for them to do it. I then added 15 cents to it so that it has an even number of subway rides (40).

Tomorrow morning, I'll donate this card to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. They have assured me that they will find a client who can use the card.

By - 1/19/07 - 9:00 am

Colleen the Subway Knitter is holding a drawing for her pair of CharlieCard mittens. Just make a donation to Rosie's Place via the PayPal link on her home page by noon on Jan. 26 and you'll be entered.