Globe had a little story on Sunday about the limits on coins and bills you can put into the new FVM’s. (fare vending machines)
The maximum number of coins a self-service station will take at one time is 19 , according to the T.
Now, you can store up to $100 in value on your CharlieCard .
But, as with the 19 in coinage, you can’t feed the automated dispenser more than 14 pieces of paper money at once — in $1s, $5s, $10s, or $20s, says the T.
Those particular limits were not chosen capriciously, or because they are Charlie’s favorite numbers.
They are all that each machine’s bin can temporarily hold before a transaction is completed and the money goes into a vault, says the T.
“That’s the design of the hardware,” says Lydia Rivera , a spokeswoman for the MBTA.