Thursday, June 17, 2010

San Francisco moves towards cashless society

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San Francisco has moved towards becoming a cashless society following the announcement that paper travel tickets will be phased out from the summer. 

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has confirmed that paper tickets will no longer be available from November 1st.

Commuters will be able to use the city's contactless smart travel card, known as the Clipper card, to make cashless payments across the transport network. 

The multi-functional card can be used on the Municipal Railway, the ferry, Golden Gate Transit, Caltrain and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

Spokesman Murray Bond confirmed that some paper passes will be available beyond the November deadline for young, elderly and disabled passengers. 

He said: "I think it will take the rest of this year or more to get all those folks transitioned. But at some point in time, that will cease to exist too."
Passengers will still be able to purchase paper tickets online until June 22nd.
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