Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Refill your partly-used CharlieTicket -- don't throw it away

You insert your paper CharlieTicket into the gate, and the gate refuses to open, saying "NOT ENOUGH VALUE". Do you throw away the ticket and buy a new one? Lots of people do, but if you're one of them, you're throwing money away.

Instead of buying a new ticket, put the ticket you already have into the Fare Vending Machine. The machine will display the ticket's current value. Let's say, for this example, it's $1.25. Now select "Add Value", then "Other Amount". Enter the EXACT amount that you need to add to reach $2.00 -- in this case, you would enter 75 cents.

Now insert the needed amount of cash. Don't worry about having exact change, as the machine will give you change if necessary. Once you're put in the money, the machine will spit out a new $2 CharlieTicket. Go back to the fare gate, use the ticket, and throw it away. Then don't buy any more tickets -- get a CharlieCard from the station agent, and fill it with cash for all future use.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can also go to Downtown Crossing during business hours M-F and have them transfer old charlieticket money onto a charliecard, which they should have or you can order at mbta.com for free (you need to pay for the value on the card initially but not the card itself or shipping).

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the T. They've created a new industry. Now we can hope to see people rummaging through the station waste bins for used cards, just as we see people rummaging through trash cans for cans and bottles.

Ron Newman said...

Since I am a monthly LinkPass holder, I don't have a lot of use for $45 in stored-value CharlieTickets. I'm thinking of waiting until I get to $51, then going to Downtown Crossing to put the whole mess on a CharlieCard. After that, I'd like to give it to a charity.

Do any of you know of a worthy charity, through whom I can give such a card to someone who can really use it to help get his or her life together?

Anonymous said...

Ron,
I am a reporter with the Metro and was wondering if you could email me and let me know how you gathered $49 worth of CharlieCards.

Thanks,
Christina
cwallace@metro-boston.com

Ron Newman said...

CharlieTickets, not CharlieCards, and I think I'm only up to $45 right now. But I'll e-mail you later tonight.

Charlie said...

Ron Newman said...

Do any of you know of a worthy charity, through whom I can give such a card to someone who can really use it to help get his or her life together?


Here is a thought, the homeless shelter in Davis Sq could probably give it to a client just stsrting work. Get it up to $59 in tickets and you can get a LinkPass.

Somerville Homeless Coalition

Adam said...

CharlieTrash has become a new industry!

Ron Newman said...

Hmm. Will Downtown Crossing let me used stored-value tickets to buy a LinkPass? A leaflet posted in the station says you can't use the stored value on a CharlieCard to buy a pass.