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Old 05-10-2016, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Lindbergh
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Know of any details on MARTA upgrades? (mobile payments, cell coverage, etc.) Post them here!

It looks like one of the fare gates at Lindbergh has been outfitted with a device to scan phones. It was only on the one gate, so it might just be a test. I haven't heard any announcement yet. Are mobile payments going to happen soon!?!


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Old 05-10-2016, 08:33 PM
 
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Nice. I know they are testing a new mobile (phone) payment option with the streetcar. This may be part of it.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Nice. I know they are testing a new mobile (phone) payment option with the streetcar. This may be part of it.
One can hope it's a system-wide upgrade coming (yes, system-wide with the streetcars and MARTA as one system)
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:54 PM
 
Location: In your feelings
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Sounds promising! Looks like it's QR code-based, I really hope they also allow payments with NFC, which would be a lot easier and wouldn't require installing a special Breeze card app.
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Old 05-10-2016, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Sounds promising! Looks like it's QR code-based, I really hope they also allow payments with NFC, which would be a lot easier and wouldn't require installing a special Breeze card app.
I mean, the Breezecards are NFC, so I'd be surprised if they didn't. I think the QR codes are for those who don't have NFC in their phones, but still want to use mobile.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Know of any details on MARTA upgrades? (mobile payments, cell coverage, etc.) Post them here!

It looks like one of the fare gates at Lindbergh has been outfitted with a device to scan phones. It was only on the one gate, so it might just be a test. I haven't heard any announcement yet. Are mobile payments going to happen soon!?!

Oh please make this a thing.

While we're at it, the track-level station markings at Lindbergh and Oakland City need to be made system-wide. No more of those ugly orange-background-white-text labels on the Red and Gold lines.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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One can hope it's a system-wide upgrade coming (yes, system-wide with the streetcars and MARTA as one system)
The fare stations at the streetcar stops look identical to those just outside MARTA stations.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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The fare stations at the streetcar stops look identical to those just outside MARTA stations.
And yet they're apparently hard to use. I dunno what's up with that since I haven't used them for buying a fare yet.

I will say that they should accept MARTA trips (as opposed to straight monetary amount) as soon as the next streetcar expansion is opened.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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WiFi on buses as well as more railcars being implemented with cameras.
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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https://martaguide.com/2016/05/11/wh...-as-you-think/
While MARTA is only 48 miles of track, the 50/50 split allowed the system to reinvest in maintenance and avoid the disasters that have plagued WMATA and BART (both nearly the same age.)
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