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    Smart fare machines finally installed on select Edmonton buses

    Regional transit prepares to pilot fare card system five years after funding approved

    Riders are beginning to notice new fare card machines installed on Edmonton region buses, but won't be able to tap and ride just yet.

    A fully electronic ticketing system should be operational by the end of 2020, according to Ken Koropeski, ETS director of special projects.

    The first five machines were installed on ETS buses in April and soon more will be equipped with the technology. Eventually, the system will be introduced across regional transit systems, including in St. Albert and Strathcona County.

    "There will be hundreds of outlets in the Edmonton area where cards can be acquired and the accounts can be reloaded," Koropeski told CBC's Radio Active on Monday.

    "Once the passenger has the card and that in place, then it's just tapping on and tapping off on buses and at the LRT platforms," he said.
    The new system will still allow transit users to pay with cash, but will completely replace paper tickets.

    Riders will be able to reload their cards on a pay-as-you-go basis and the funds will be stored in an online account.
    This means that even if you lose your transit card, you can still recover your funds, Koropeski said.

    Eventually the system will also allow riders to pay directly with the tap of a debit card or credit card.

    That change will be phased in once the fare card system is already in place, according to an ETS representative.
    “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

  • #2
    "The new system will still allow transit users to pay with cash, but will completely replace paper tickets."

    So, what about transfers? How's that going to work?
    ... gobsmacked

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    • #3
      If it's anything like Regina's system (which I've used), you tap on the new bus and, as long as it fits the time period since the last use, it doesn't charge the card for the extra fare.

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      • #4
        Vancouver has a coin-acceptor on their buses and spits out a timed hard paper tap-able card that is good for the hour or so. They also use the same card for day passes and weekly? This style seems quite common and I hope / expect Edmonton to be no different.
        Live and love... your neighbourhood.

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        • #5
          So many new ways to hide/obfuscate the imminent hiking of transit fares!
          Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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