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Encyclopedia > TransLink (San Francisco Bay Area)
The TransLink card
An Add Value Machine for TransLink cards, used to load electronic cash or transit passes.

TransLink is a rechargeable dual-interface (contact/contactless) stored value smart card fare collection system being implemented in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] The fare system was introduced as a pilot program in 2002 by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to reduce the number of fare systems and help integrate transit systems in the Bay Area. TransLink is still being rolled out, and currently only two transit agencies, AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit, officially accept the cards.[2] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 341 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1040 × 1826 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 341 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1040 × 1826 pixel, file size: 1. ... Smart card used for health insurance in France. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is a regional planning, financing, and funding government agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... AC Transit (in full, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District) is a regional bus agency serving parts of Alameda County and Contra Costa County in the western coastal area of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ...

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Expansion

Expansion will continue in 2007 to expand the coverage of TransLink to more transit systems in the Bay Area. Some TransLink pilot programs have been discontinued (e.g. the ability to use it as a monthly pass on all San Francisco Municipal Railway lines, and use in all BART stations) in preparation for the full rollout of TransLink. In general, the rollout of TransLink has been much slower than that of similar cards[citation needed] including Oyster card and SmarTrip. The San Francisco Municipal Railway, or Muni as it is commonly known, is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California. ... Bart can refer to: A diminutive of Bartholomew Barts is the frequently used abbreviation for St Bartholomews Hospital in the City of London. ... Front and back of an early Oyster card. ... Front of a Washington Metro SmarTrip card. ...


Two transit agencies currently accept TransLink on all routes[2]:

Of the two transit agencies currently accepting TransLink, Golden Gate Transit carries a disproportionate number of pilot program cardholders due to active registration efforts at Golden Gate Ferry System terminals (all of which were already fully equipped for TransLink during the pilot program) and due to the complex zone-based fare structure of that agency which allows for neither magnetic stripe farecards nor monthly passes. In addition, TransLink cards can be used at some Caltrain stations, though it is unclear what determines whether the reader at a given station will be functional. AC Transit (in full, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District) is a regional bus agency serving parts of Alameda County and Contra Costa County in the western coastal area of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... The Dumbarton Express is a California bus service operating between Union City BART station and Palo Alto Caltrain station via the Dumbarton Bridge. ... Golden Gate Transit is a public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, United States. ... Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley in the United States. ...


TransLink is expected to be rolled out in 2007 at BART, Caltrain, and Muni,[2] all three of which installed TransLink capability at major stations and lines during the pilot program. BART (at all stations) and Caltrain (on some stations) later disabled their capability to avoid usage when AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit launched TransLink, but the Muni Metro retained its capability. It is expected that BART will allow usage in December 2007 [3], Muni will begin usage in the late fall,[4] and Caltrain will install its readers during this time but will not issue cards until the fall or winter.[5] It is unclear whether other cardholders will be allowed to use TransLink during the intervening time. Rollout will then, in 2008, proceed to cover the VTA network, part of which participated in the pilot program, and the SamTrans bus network, which did not participate in the pilot program at all.[2] Finally, WHEELS, Tri-Delta Transit, WestCAT, County Connection and other smaller transit agencies which did not participate in the pilot program are expected to install TransLink on their bus lines in 2009 or later.[2] Muni Metro is a mass transit system operated in the City and County of San Francisco by the San Francisco Municipal Railway, managed by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. ... [[|right|200px]] Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is a special-purpose district responsible for public transit services, congestion management, specific highway improvement projects, and countywide transportation planning for Santa Clara County, California, United States. ... San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is a public transport agency in and around San Mateo, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... WHEELS is a bus service that provides public transportation in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin, California. ... Tri-Delta Transit, also known as the East Contra Costa Transportation Authority, is the mass transportation provider for the eastern area of Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... WestCat is a public transportation service in western Contra Costa County (outside Oakland, CA). ... County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority) is a public transit agency in and around Concord, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Important transit agencies that will not install TransLink capability include Amtrak and the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), both of which provide rail links between Fremont and San Jose. Some VTA bus lines serving this corridor, however, have been TransLink-equipped since the start of the pilot program. The high-speed Acela Express in West Windsor, New Jersey. ... The Altamont Commuter Express leaving Pleasanton station. ... For the unincorporated community in Yolo County, California, see Fremont, Yolo County, California. ... For other uses, see San José. Nickname: Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ...


Competing Systems, EZ-Rider

In 2006 BART launched a pilot program under the "EZ-Rider" name using several different smart cards, with the stated intention of eventually transferring EZ-Rider users to TransLink.[6] It is unclear what exactly is the reasoning behind BART's launch of a potentially competing payment system in such close proximity to the full TransLink launch. (A questioned BART Official commented that there is a fare dispute involving a monetary commission that Translink would retain from BART fares.) BART also uses EZ-Rider cards to identify their own employees,[citation needed] and for access control to BART facilities.


Technical Problems

During the first phase of the expansion (AC Transit and Golden Gate), AC Transit experienced technical difficulties on a large portion of its fleet, and delayed the mailing of the free TransLink cards that it had planned to give to its pre-launch testers[7] until February 2007.[8] Golden Gate Transit, which actually uses a more complex zone-based fare structure (though it does not use monthly passes), was not affected and it is unclear what effect this will have on the expansion to BART, Muni and Caltrain planned for this year.


Technology

TransLink cards have a dual interface: electrical contacts on the face of the card, and an antenna wire which runs in a ring around the edge of the card. The contact interface is based on ISO 7810, and the RFID interface is based on ISO 14443 at 13.56Mhz. The first generation of cards were ASK TanGO CT3000 ISO 14443B cards[citation needed], although as of January 2007 the manufacturer had discontinued this model due to supply problems with the microprocessor[citation needed]. Standards for financial and identity cards are set out by ISO. All credit cards and debit cards, and most ID cards, are the same shape and size ID-1 as specified by the ISO 7810 standard: ID-1 = 85. ... An EPC RFID tag used for Wal-Mart Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. ... ISO 14443 defines a proximity card used for identification that usually uses the standard credit card form factor defined by ISO 7810 ID-1. ... A microprocessor is a programmable digital electronic component that incorporates the functions of a central processing unit (CPU) on a single semiconducting integrated circuit (IC). ...


References

  1. ^ About Translink, retrieved on January 26, 2007.
  2. ^ MTC Meeting Packet Documents for 6 July 2007 (.doc) , Retrieved on 28 July 2007
  3. ^ Mark it on Your Muni Calendar,SFist, 21 February 2007., Retrieved on February 22, 2007.
  4. ^ TransLink delayed for Caltrain, the San Francisco Examiner, 2 February 2007. Retrieved on same.
  5. ^ BART EZ Rider Card Pilot Program
  6. ^ Translink trial stalled by AC Transit farebox problems, the San Francisco Examiner, 16 January 2007. Retrieved on January 26, 2007.
  7. ^ Much-touted TransLink finally hits the transit scene, the Oakland Tribune, 12 February 2007. Retrieved on same.

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External links

  • TransLink Home Page

 
 

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