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T automated fare collection system expected to be completed by May 2021

“The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority expects to complete the T’s switch to an automated fare collection system by May 2021, but will begin rolling it out on a limited basis in late 2019. The system, among other changes, will mean the end of paying for any T rides with cash. Instead, riders will use a far card, a smartphone app, or a contactless card to tap and board. Riders will be able to reload the fare cards and apps online and at vending machines in all T stations and at select bus stops. The idea is to speed up boarding and to also make it easier for the MBTA to track and analyze rider data (to in part improve service).”