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Friday, February 15, 2008

BART Cards Due to Suck Less

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 8:41 AM

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A working BART ticket is the unicorn of San Francisco public transportation. It is elusive and keeps you guessing. Will it work? Bending a BART ticket, keeping a BART ticket next to a magnet, and being mean to a BART ticket are all things that will cause it to spew defiantly forth from electronic gateways. But the San Jose Mercury News reports that a new initiative passed yesterday will eradicate at least one of those problems. The MTA approved allocating $3.7 million to improve the magnetic strips on the back of BART cards making it harder for the information stored to be erased. Cell phones, magnetic purse clasps, mp3 players and computers are all items that can render a card useless. The new cards will be out later this year. -Andy Wright

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