Tuesday, January 16, 2007

smartcard glitch in Bay Area

San Francisco-Oakland is slowly converting most area transit companies to a CharlieCard type smartcard system and some minor snags have popped up on buses in Oakland


AC Transit has a technical problem with its TransLink equipment that has forced the agency to put the ''smart card'' test program on hold, an official with the Metropolian Transportation Commission said Tuesday.

AC Transit was one of two Bay Area public transit agencies tapped to test the high-tech system that one day will allow transit riders to use one high-tech fare card on the region's buses, ferries and trains.

The other agency participating in the test phase is Golden Gate bus and ferry system, which has not experienced any major difficulties.

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