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Public transportation going high-tech this week

Public transportation going high-tech this week

By Andrew Adams | Posted - Dec. 29, 2008 at 8:34 a.m.



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The Utah Transit Authority will give riders the option of paying their fares electronically starting this week.

UTA has installed new readers on its 520 buses and 35 TRAX and FrontRunner rail platforms.

Passengers will be able to use a credit card, debit card, student identification or electronic pass on one of the new scanners by just holding the card within two inches of the reader as they get on and exit the bus or train.

Later next year, the system will even recognize and charge low-income and senior fares. It also allows, in real time, UTA to see who takes public transit when and where.

The system cost $10 million to install and should be up and running on Thursday.

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