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1/7/2004



Rail News: Rail Industry Trends

BART adds ticket vending machines to all stations


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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) recently finished installing ticket vending machines (TVM) in all 43 of the system’s stations.

The machines enable passengers to purchase multiple tickets with one transaction — up to $60 in value. The TVMs issue riders plastic tickets instead of paper, and accept the new $20 bills. Many of the machines accept cash, and credit and debit cards.

Meanwhile, BART is developing a new Translink ticket. Expected to be available in about two years, the smart card is designed to provide passengers a single ticket to use on all major Bay Area transit systems. On the BART system, the smart card will be read by a sensor located on the top of fare gates.

Once in circulation, passengers will be able to add value to the tickets via the TVMs.

TVMs are a major component of the BART’s $1.2 billion renovation program, which began in 1995. Projects included rehabilitating 439 rail cars, rebuilding or replacing all escalators and elevators, and expanding the system’s rail-car maintenance facilities. Funded mostly through fare revenue, the program now is almost complete.


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