Riders on the Green Line will experience many changes come January 1st. Mac Daniel writes about the changes in the Friday (12-29) Globe. The biggest change (and shock to many) will be the elimination of free fares westbound outside the subway. Nobody at the T seems to recall how the free fares came about in the first place. One person I talked to thinks it goes back to when service was temporarily suspended (never to return) on the A Watertown Line in 1969.
To speed up boarding the T will expand Show-n-Go into a full POP (Proof of Payment) system similar to the San Francisco Muni trolley system. On Friday the T was passing out flyers on the Green Line that say the following
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Driven by Customer Service
Easier Boarding Now Arriving on the Green Line
Starting January 1,2007, no matter where you get on the Green Line, you’ll enjoy a more convenient and shorter boarding experience.
We’ve enhanced the current Show-n-Go program to include all of our surface stops -so now even more customers can enter at either the middle or the rear of the car to speed-up boarding. Where you board depends on how you pay!
Here’s how it works:
• If you pay with cash, board at the front door and you will be issued a receipt by the operator that will serve as your proof of payment.
• If you have a pass (weekly, monthly, or visitor), you may enter at any door. T officials will be using handheld validators to verify that passes are valid. You may be asked to verify that your pass is valid at the farebox once you are on the vehicle.
• If you use a stored value CharlieCard or CharlieTicket, you must either use the farebox at the front door, or have your fare deducted by an Official with a hand-held validator.
Time-saving tip! On the D Line we have platform validators. Stop beforehand, tap your CharlieCard or insert your CharlieTicket to receive a receipt, which will serve as your proof of payment.
Please remember to keep your CharlieTicket,
whether you board in the subway or on the surface level, until you reach your destination. You may be asked to produce proof of payment.
T officials will make random, unannounced checks to ensure that each customer pays his or her fare. If you do not have a valid fare, you may be cited by the MBTA Transit Police.
For your convenience, many more retailers in your immediate area will soon be selling passes and fares to help streamline service along the Green Line.
Thank you for taking the T.
For more information, visit mbta.com or call (617) 222-3200, TTY (617) 222-5146.