New Fareboxes Coming Aboard!
Out with the old and in with the new! AC Transit’s 14-year-old fareboxes have come to the end of their useful life and are being replaced this month with state-of-the-art GFI Fast Fare equipment. They are so new, in fact, that AC Transit is the first bus agency in the country to install them fleetwide!
The new farebox has all the features of the old one, plus a few more. The arrangement of slots is a little different, so riders are encouraged to take a good look before inserting their bills, coins, and transfers. And take a look at this video to see the farebox in action.
Here are the main features riders will be using:
Bill slot: Accepts only valid U.S. currency. Anything else will be rejected!
Coin slot: Accepts all valid U.S. coins except 50-cent pieces. Anything else will be rejected!
Card slot: Issues and reads transfers.
The new fareboxes do not accept BART transfers, ferry transfers, Capitol Corridor transfers, or the orange 25-cent transfer tickets. These should be handed to the bus operator instead.
There are no changes to paying with Clipper. Riders tag their Clipper cards on the separate Clipper card reader, as always.
Note for passengers using mag-strip tickets:
• 10-Ride and 1-Ride tickets must be inserted into the card slot on every boarding.
• New (unused) 31-Day and 3-Day tickets must be inserted into the card slot the first time so the start and end dates can be imprinted. After this first use, the swipe slot should be used on every boarding.