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The more permanent CharlieCard, which was distributed by Customer Service Agents starting December 4, 2006. Following the scheduled fare increase, use of the card will result in a lower fare than if the CharlieTicket or cash is used
The more permanent CharlieCard, which was distributed by Customer Service Agents starting December 4, 2006. Following the scheduled fare increase, use of the card will result in a lower fare than if the CharlieTicket or cash is used

The CharlieCard is a contactless, stored value smart card used for electronic ticketing as part of the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) system being installed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) at its stations and on its vehicles.[1] The CharlieCard was made available to the general public beginning December 4, 2006.[2] The last metal token was sold on December 6, 2006. [1] Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (746x881, 141 KB) Scanned image of personal CharlieCard, 4 December 2006. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (746x881, 141 KB) Scanned image of personal CharlieCard, 4 December 2006. ... Smart card used for health insurance in France. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is a body politic and corporate, and a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts [1] formed in 1964 to finance and operate most bus, subway, commuter rail and ferry systems in the greater Boston, Massachusetts, USA area. ...


The CharlieCard is named after a fictional character in a folk music song often called Charlie on the MTA, which concerns a man trapped forever on the Boston subway because he can't pay the fare required to exit. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... The MTA Song, often called Charlie on the MTA, is a song from the 1940s about a man trapped on Bostons subway system (then known as the MTA and now known officially as the MBTA and colloquially as the T). ...

Contents

CharlieCard and CharlieTicket details

The CharlieCard can both store value (keep a cash balance) and hold a combination of time-based passes which allow unlimited rides on designated modes of transportation during a set period of time. Passengers use the RFID-based CharlieCard by tapping it flatly against a target on a gate or a vehicle farebox. The gate or farebox then either automatically debits the cost of the passenger's ride card, verifies that the card has a valid transfer from another mode of transportation or verifies that the card is valid for travel at that time at that particular location. Transit riders are able to add value to their cards at machines located at MBTA stations and vehicles, MBTA ticket offices, retail sales terminals at select grocery/convenience/check cashing stores, and on-line (beginning in mid-2007). At present, CharlieCards only work on the MBTA's subway and bus services. MBTA commuter rail and ferry boats services are scheduled to accept CharlieCards beginning in mid-2007. CharlieCards are not and will not be accepted on The Ride. It has been suggested that Active Tag be merged into this article or section. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... A rapid transit, underground, subway, tube, elevated, or metro(politan) system is a railway — usually in an urban area — with a high capacity and frequency of service, and grade separation from other traffic. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The MBTA Commuter Rail is the regional rail arm of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. ... The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter boats in the between Long Wharf, Lovejoy Wharf and Rowes Wharf on the downtown Boston waterfront to Hingham, Hull, Quincy and Logan International Airport as well as inner habor ferries between downtown Boston, Charlestown Navy Yard, and South Boston. ...

CharlieTicket purchased at Airport station in July 2005
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CharlieTicket purchased at Airport station in July 2005

The automated fare collection equipment is also compatible with the MBTA's CharlieTicket, a paper card with a magnetic stripe that operates as a stored value card or time-period (monthly, weekly, 1/3/7 day visitor) pass. The MBTA first implemented the stored-value CharlieTicket on the Silver Line in February of 2005. On entry to the system, the ticket is inserted into a slot in the gate or farebox, the fare is deducted, and the remaining balance is displayed on a small screen. The ticket is then returned to the rider, even if there is no remaining value on the ticket. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1019x1300, 413 KB) Summary A temporary CharlieTicket pass, for a subway ride from the Airport blue line. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1019x1300, 413 KB) Summary A temporary CharlieTicket pass, for a subway ride from the Airport blue line. ... Marcus Boltonas (Mark Boltan) Marcus Boltonas Brief history The magnetic stripe which is often reffered to as the Bolton is derived from the Marcus Boltonas from the Jurassic period. ... A stored-value card represents money on deposit with the issuer, not unlike a debit card. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ...


CharlieCards can be reloaded and CharlieTickets can be purchased and reloaded at Fare Vending Machines (FVMs) in converted stations and elsewhere in the system including buses. All FVMs accept credit and debit cards; most also accept cash and coins, including the discontinued MBTA tokens. The AFC fareboxes on buses and light rail trains accept CharlieCards, Change Tickets, CharlieTickets, cash (up to $20 bills), coins, and MBTA tokens. When customers pay with cash on the bus, they may receive their change on a "ChangeTicket". Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


At present, about 85 percent of the subway system, all bus routes and most Green Line trolleys have been converted to the new technology. The MBTA expects to have all subway and bus lines converted by the end of 2006. Commuter Rail and Commuter Boat should join the automated fare system in mid-2007. (see "Automated Fare Collection installation information" below). Time-based CharlieTickets and the senior citizen or disabled/TAP CharlieCards, all of which have text that MBTA personnel can manually verify, can be used throughout the MBTA system. Commuter rail and ferry monthly passes are being printed on CharlieTickets.


The MBTA plans to encourage the use of the CharlieCard by implementing a small discount for CharlieCard users beginning with the scheduled fare increase in January, 2007. For example, under the new fare structure a subway or trolley ride will cost $1.70 with a CharlieCard but $2.00 with a CharlieTicket or cash. Similar fare structures are also planned for the buses, Commuter Rail, The RIDE, and Harbor Ferries.[3] [4] The MBTA also plans to provide the cards themselves free of charge, at least initially, at pass offices, at stations throughout the system, at local retailers, and online.[5] [6]


Other transit systems employing technology similar to that used in the CharlieCard include Atlanta (the Breeze Card), Washington D.C, Chicago, Hong Kong (the Octopus Card), Seoul, Singapore and London (the Oyster Card). This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Breeze Card Breeze Ticket Breeze Vending Machine The Breeze Card is a stored value smart card that passengers use as part of an automated fare collection system which the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) introduced to the general public in early October 2006. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders The 312 Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area... Obverse side of a standard adult card. ... Seoul (Sŏul[1] 서울)   is the capital and largest city of South Korea (Republic of Korea). ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... The Oyster card is a form of electronic ticketing designed for use on Transport for London and National Rail services within the Greater London area of England. ...


Effect on transit employees

Ex-token collectors are being retrained as Customer Service Agents (CSAs), who provide guidance in the stations.


In Charlie equipped stations, they work outside the existing token booths, which house computer servers and other equipment needed for the automated fare collection system. The MBTA also plans "Hub Stations" within six existing subway stations. These glass-walled control rooms will house personnel monitoring various signal and alarm systems, including Closed-circuit television. Personnel in the Hub Stations will be able to direct customer service agents to customers, and will interact with customers via call boxes located throughout the system. To support the added technology, the MBTA is connecting all subway stations in a fiber optic loop digital network, largely using its own right of way. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, in the Columbine High School Massacre. ... Fiber Optic strands An optical fiber in American English or fibre in British English is a transparent thin fiber for transmitting light. ... In electronics, a digital network is a coupled network of digital components, such as logic gates, that implement a logic system. ...

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Ticket machines and fare gates at the World Trade Center station on the Silver Line.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1795x1168, 775 KB) Summary Fare gates and w:Charlie Card ticket machine at the MBTA World Trade Center Silver Line station in w:Boston. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1795x1168, 775 KB) Summary Fare gates and w:Charlie Card ticket machine at the MBTA World Trade Center Silver Line station in w:Boston. ... The Bostons World Trade Center station on the MBTAs Silver Line is located between Bostons World Trade Center and Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 42°20. ... Map The Silver Line is the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authoritys (MBTAs) sole Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, running in two, unconnected sections, from Dudley Square in Roxbury to downtown Boston, Massachusetts and from South Station to several points in South Boston and to Logan Airport in East Boston. ...

Automated Fare Collection installation information

Automated Fare Collection equipment has been installed and enabled in almost all subway stations; this work must be finished by January 1, 2007 for the planned fare increase to take effect. The following stations are still being converted, and therefore do not yet accept CharlieCards or stored-value CharlieTickets:

  • Red Line: Fields Corner (FVMs and gates - Dec. 22)
  • Blue Line: Government Center (Dec. 21)
  • Green Line: Government Center (Dec. 21), Copley, Riverside (FVMs and gates - Dec. 18)[6]

All Orange Line and Silver Line stations have been converted. Fare Vending Machines are available on the baggage-claim level of Logan International Airport terminals, which are serviced by the Silver Line SL1 route, as well as Dudley Square, serviced by Silver Line Washington Street, and at selected stops on the Green Line "D" Branch (scheduled to be activated Monday, December 18).[2] The machines will also be installed at selected stops on the other Green Line branches.[7] View of Boston from the Red Line An MBTA Red Line train leaving Charles/MGH station bound for Alewife. ... A Blue Line train at the recently rebuilt Logan Airport station. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... Logan International Airport with aircraft taking off over harbor Bostons Logan International Airport from the airside lounge of Terminal E, illustrating how the airport is largely surrounded by water. ... The D Branch, also called the Highland Branch or Riverside Branch, is a branch of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Green Line in the Boston, Massachusetts area, along which light rail vehicles run. ...


There are no plans to install Fare Vending Machines at Silver Line surface stops at the present time. Instead, the MBTA plans to install fare card sales terminals inside retail stores at other heavily trafficked locations in the system, including along busy bus routes and near selected Green Line and Silver Line stops, and in non-traditional spots such as Fenway Park.[6] Fenway redirects here. ...


CharlieCard on the Green Line

The Green Line is the most heavily traveled light rail line in the country, with an average of 200,400 riders each weekday. Because of this heavy ridership, at selected stops on the Green Line the MBTA implemented the Show-N-Go system allowing riders to flash their monthly passes and enter through the rear doors of a train.[8] However, with the advent of the CharlieCard, most riders will not have a monthly pass with text which can be verified visually. This has given rise to fears that rush hour boarding on Green Line trains will be slowed, causing increased crowding and lengthened trip times. Two trains at Park Street. ... The following is a list of all light rail systems in the United States, ranked by ridership. ...


However, the MBTA promises that two upcoming changes will increase the efficiency of boarding at peak times on the Green Line. Selected Green Line stops will contain ticket validators, allowing passengers to have money deducted from their CharlieCards or CharlieTickets before boarding and providing them with proof of payment receipts. In addition, the MBTA has also developed a handheld reader that can deduct money from and verify monthly passes on CharlieCards, allowing CharlieCard holders to enter through the rear doors of trains.[7]


The name

The CharlieCard is named after the title character in the 1948 protest folk music song, "Charlie on the MTA". The song was written to protest a fare increase in the form of an extra five cent exit fare for longer rides and was later made popular by the Kingston Trio (and in another form, "Skinhead on the MBTA", by Dropkick Murphys). Ironically, the Charlie Card will make future fare increases easier to implement. See also: 1947 in music, other events of 1948, 1949 in music and the list of years in music. // Events Aldeburgh Festival is founded by Benjamin Britten, Eric Crozier and Peter Pears. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... The MTA Song, often called Charlie on the MTA, is a song from the 1940s about a man trapped on Bostons subway system (then known as the MTA and now known officially as the MBTA and colloquially as the T). ... An exit fare is a method of collecting ridership fees, or fare, from a transportation system where the fee (or part of the fee) is collected from passengers upon reaching their destination. ... The Kingston Trio is an American folk group, perhaps the single most prominent one. ... Dropkick Murphys are a punk band formed in the Irish Catholic working class neighborhoods of South Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They practiced in the basement of a friends barbershop, blending punk rock, Oi!, Irish folk, rock, and hardcore into something they could call their own. ...


One of the rejected names for the farecard system was "The Fare Cod", a pun on both the way locals might pronounce "Card" and the fish that was once integral to the Massachusetts economy, and also a reference to other transit cards named for ocean animals, such as London's Oyster and Hong Kong's Octopus. Another rejected name was T'Go card with the T being the symbol for the MBTA. [9] The Boston accent is the English dialect not only of the city of Boston, Massachusetts itself, but more generally of all of eastern New England; some form of it can be heard commonly in an area stretching throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, southern Maine, and eastern Connecticut. ... Species Gadus morhua Gadus macrocephalus Gadus ogac Cod is the common name for the genus Gadus of fish, belonging to the family Gadidae, and is also used in the common name of a variety of other fishes. ... This is a copyrighted and/or trademarked logo. ...


References

  1. ^ Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. T Projects -> Automated Fare Collection. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  2. ^ a b Daniel, Mac. "Starts and Stops -- Sign of winter: plow drivers sought", Boston Globe, 2006-11-12, p. B2. Retrieved on 2006-11-12.
  3. ^ Shartin, Emily. "Winners, losers in new T fares", Boston Globe, 2006-07-06. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  4. ^ Daniel, Mac. "T will proceed with fare increases", Boston Globe, 2006-10-07, p. A1. Retrieved on 2006-10-07.
  5. ^ Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Get ready. Get set. Get your new plastic CharlieCard!. Retrieved on 2006-11-29.
  6. ^ a b c Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (2006-11-30). CharlieCard Distribution Plan (Press Briefing). Retrieved on 2006-12-04.
  7. ^ a b Daniel, Mac. "Working out kinks on the Green Line", Boston Globe, 2006-12-10, p. B2. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.
  8. ^ Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (2006-09-01). Show-N-Go Continues Along the Green Line. Press release. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.
  9. ^ Dig Staff. "Forever, 'Neath the Streets of Boston", The Weekly Dig. Retrieved on 2006-08-09.

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External links

  • A Policy Analysis of the MBTA’s New Automated Fare Collection System (Microsoft Doc) Dec. 2004, MIT Class project
  • MBTA Automated Fare Collection
  • CharlieTicket upgraded stations/vehicles
  • 2007 Fare Increase Information
  • Charlie/AFC Forum at MBTA Forum
  • Charlie/AFC Forum at Railroad.net
  • Fareways.com Monthly / Corporate pass program consultants
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Electronic fare collection systems
Americas GTA Farecard (Toronto, Canada) - Multivia (Santiago, Chile) - Red Bus (Mendoza, Argentina)
- US Breeze Card (Atlanta) - CharlieCard (Boston) - Chicago Card (Chicago) - Go-To card (Minneapolis-St. Paul) - MetroCard (New York City) - SmarTrip (Washington, D.C.) - Translink (San Francisco Bay Area)
Europe Andante (Porto) - Elektra (Budapest) - Luas Smartcard (Dublin) - NaviGO (Paris) - OV-Chipkaart (Netherlands)
- UK EasyRider (Nottingham) - Oyster (London)
Asia EasyCard (Taipei) - EZ-Link (Singapore) - G-Pass (Manila) - Touch 'n Go (Malaysia)
- China Octopus (Hong Kong) - SPTC (Shanghai) - Shenzhen TransCard (Shenzhen) - Yang Cheng Tong (Guangzhou radius) - Yikatong (Beijing)
- Japan ICOCA (JR West) - Nagasaki Smart Card (Nagasaki) - PASMO - PiTaPa (Kansai region) - Suica (JR East)
- South Korea Mybi·KTX Family Card - T-Money - Upass - Hanaro Card (Busan) - K-CASH (Chuncheon, Gimhae)
Australia myki (Melbourne), SmartRider (Perth), Tcard (Sydney), TransLink (Brisbane)
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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (official site)
Red Line AlewifeAshmont / Braintree ––– Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line: AshmontMattapan
Green Line LechmereBoston College ("B") / Cleveland Circle ("C") / Riverside ("D") / Heath Street ("E") ––– Watertown ("A")
Orange Line Oak GroveForest Hills ––– Charlestown ElevatedAtlantic Avenue ElevatedWashington Street Elevated
Blue Line WonderlandBowdoin
Silver Line Dudley SquareDowntown Crossing; South Station – various points
Buses List - Crosstown Buses - Former Streetcars - Trackless Trolleys - Key Routes - East Boston Area - South Boston - Urban Ring
Commuter Rail GreenbushPlymouth/KingstonMiddleborough/LakevilleNew Bedford/Fall RiverFairmountProvidence/StoughtonFranklinNeedhamFramingham/WorcesterFitchburgLowellHaverhill/ReadingNewburyport/Rockport - North-South Rail Link
Miscellaneous AccessibilityBoat serviceCharlieCardNomenclature
Predecessors Boston Elevated RailwayEastern Massachusetts Street RailwayMiddlesex and Boston Street Railway

 
 

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