MBTA Fare System (Charlie, AFC 2.0, Zone, Discounts)

Riverside

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I mean... fare collection in NYC right now is not just about fare collection. The NYPD has been shown to issue the vast majority of its fare evasion summons and arrests to black and Hispanic people and in December the New York Times reported on sworn affidavits from NYPD officers who described a commander who explicitly directed them to target black and Hispanic people for fare evasion arrests.

Smashing the screens may have been vandalism, and it may have been protest. Would I have done it personally? No, I don't think so. Do I think it helps the protestors' cause? No, not particularly.

But I think it should be understood at the very least in the context of that larger discussion.
 

bobthebuilder

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Speaking as an NYC commuter, all I've wanted is to have an equivalent of the Charlie Card. The ease of pulling my whole wallet out and tapping it was perfect.
 

HelloBostonHi

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Someone explain how we destroyed such a quick and simple process that systems around the world have implemented and turned it into a 6 year catastrophe. How. Why.

 

RandomWalk

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Because we didn’t use Cubic last time, and S&B and Cubic hate each other?
 

Zash

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HelloBoston -- there's no legitimate reason why you need to contact the reader -- proximity works fine
I keep my Charlie inside my wallet and just wave the wallet within a few mm of the reader -- never have a problem
This doesn't work for those of us with wallets with RFID protection embedded within.
 

Arlington

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This doesn't work for those of us with wallets with RFID protection embedded within.
My solution: affix a radio-transparent outer pouch to the outside of my wallet.

I figure that it was my job (not the T's) to accommodate my RFID paranoia.

Now, I have the best of both worlds: my credit cards are protected and my charlie card is readable (and, better, does not conflict with my other cards)

Despite looking cheap and oddly-rigged, it Has lasted really well since Nov 2017 on the outside of my wallet (still solidly attached, no rips)
 

guitarguynboston

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Some wallets come with a card sleeve built on the outside and some wallets, like my husband's, a detached card sleeve that you can just use it by itself and/or can have it flip outside the wallet
 

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