Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Smart-Card Pass Moves to Testing in Buses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metro Smart-Card Pass Moves to Testing in Buses

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Metro Transit said Thursday that it had moved into the next phase of testing its new Gateway Card, a smart-card system that will eventually replace paper tickets, passes and transfers on MetroLink and buses.

Metro officials have said the plastic card will offer a more secure and convenient upgrade to the current cash, pass and ticket fare system. The card will have a computer chip that stores pass and cash value. Fares will automatically be deducted when a passenger boards a train or bus and taps it on the fare-reading equipment. The cards will be phased in gradually.

The cards are being tested by volunteers who must pay their own fares.

Initial testing focused just on MetroLink instead of buying passes or tickets, testers loaded money or passes on their Gateway Cards at Metro ticket vending machines.

Riders eventually will be able to load their cards at ticket vending machines, online or in-store.

Testers have been tapping their Gateway Cards on station validators before boarding MetroLink trains, Metro said, and fare inspectors have been using new devices to check for valid fares when they see test cards. …

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