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StarMetro to transition to electronic fare system

Offers free rides Sept. 26 - Sept. 28
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Posted at 11:36 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 11:48:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — This weekend, StarMetro will begin transitioning to a new, electronic fare collection system to give riders more ways to pay.

The move was approved by the Tallahassee City Commission in January.

StarMetro, the City of the Tallahassee's public transportation department, said the installation of the new fareboxes is the first step in a larger upgrade which will allow passengers more flexibility and options.

When all upgraded systems are installed later this fall, the new farebox will be able to accept rechargeable smart cards, magnetic stripe cards, barcodes for mobile tickets purchased through apps and cash.

StarMetro also plans to deploy a new ticket vending machine in C.K. Steele Plaza, allowing customers to purchase and reload smart cards and buy same day tickets.

The improvements aim to improve the overall travel experience for customers by integrating cashless payment options and reducing point of sale purchase time when boarding the bus.

You can also catch a free ride this weekend.

"As this work is being conducted, there will be no interruption in service, and StarMetro will offer fare free rides on its regular, fixed route and Dial-A-Ride services this Saturday through Monday, Sept. 26-28," StarMetro wrote in a release sent Thursday.