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Upgrades to Fare Vending Machines

Riders use the new fare vending machines that were installed on the Orange Line in 2021

As part of Fare Transformation, we’re upgrading fare vending machines across the system. These upgrades will make paying for transit easier and more convenient, allowing riders to tap and go quickly through our fare gates and fare boxes.

Using the upgraded machines, riders will be able to:

  • Purchase a CharlieCard or reload an existing one
  • Purchase the new tappable CharlieTickets
  • Pay with contactless payment methods using the tap target

This work is being done in conjunction with upgrades to our fare gates and the phaseout of insertable CharlieTickets to help ease the transition to our new fare system.

We expect to complete installation of all upgraded fare vending machines by spring 2022.

Using the Upgraded Fare Vending Machines

Follow the on-screen prompts to purchase a tappable CharlieTicket or to purchase/reload a CharlieCard. New payment methods include Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or contactless credit/debit cards. You can also use your credit/debit card, EBT card, or cash.

Fare Transformation

A rider taps their CharlieCard at one of the upgraded fare gates on the Orange Line

Fare Transformation will make it easy for you to tap and board at any door with a fare card, smartphone, or contactless credit card.

Learn more about Fare Transformation

Old CharlieTickets vs. New CharlieTickets

Upgraded fare machines will dispense new CharlieTickets that you can tap at upgraded fare gates. They will not dispense the old, insertable CharlieTickets.

You can tell the difference between the old and new tickets by looking at the front of the card—old CharlieTickets have a black magnetic stripe along the bottom, while the new CharlieTickets do not.

Fare Transformation

A rider taps their CharlieCard at one of the upgraded fare gates on the Orange Line

Fare Transformation will make it easy for you to tap and board at any door with a fare card, smartphone, or contactless credit card.

Learn more about Fare Transformation