Ron Newman has a new hobby.
In the past several weeks, the Red Line commuter has noticed a pile up of CharlieTickets scattered on the ground of MBTA stations. Instead of chucking them in the trash, he decided to check to see if they still had value. What he found was that riders frequently ditch their tickets without tapping their value.
Newman began a mission: Collect as many tickets as possible.
As of late last week, the Somerville resident had 30 tickets worth $55.
“People don’t understand you can add value to a ticket,” said Newman, who commutes from Davis Square in Somerville.
His next step: Deposit the value onto one CharlieCard and donate it to a charity for someone in need.
Today at South Station I picked up a ticket that had an original value of $10 and when I checked it there was $8 on it.