An update to my post from 12/20 concerning the new fareboxes on the buses. Reader Ron has posted a link from the T that shows you can reload (add value) to a CharlieCard on a bus.
This is the FIRST I have heard about the magic “white button” on the bus farebox. I have asked several drivers if you could add value to the card on the bus and they all said no. But this is a perfect example of how blogging can help us by sharing info. The T has done a horrible job promoting this feature.
This will really help speed up boarding times… NOT
Using on-board fareboxes to add stored-value can hold up boarding lines and cause transit delays. Consider loading value at full-service in-station fare vending machines or retail sales terminals prior to boarding.
Touch the white button at the top of the farebox to begin adding value to your CharlieCard.
Tap your CharlieCard to the black card target and follow the directions.
Insert money—fareboxes accept cash, coins and even old T-tokens—and press the white button again to ‘accept’ the transaction.
Tap your CharlieCard again, a second time, to register the value you just added and you’re done.