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BART adds ticket vending machines to all stations


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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