Caltrain To Change Ticket Vending Machines

Debating desired features.

Caltrain riders are being asked for their opinions in an online survey the agency will use to improve features on its ticket vending machines.

The survey, which can be found on the Caltrain website at www.caltrain.com, is the first step in a process to replace the current machines, Caltrain officials said.

Features being considered include providing riders with the ability to load Clipper cards, and giving change in paper bills instead of coins. Once the desired features are identified, the next step in the process is to develop a funding plan, according to Caltrain.

New ticket vending machines are expected to be in place sometime in 2015 or 2016, replacing the 104 current machines at 31 stations, Caltrain officials said. Caltrain is also looking into technology that would allow riders to buy tickets on their mobile devices.

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Bill Lamkin January 29, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Why are they spending the money to add minor conveniences? Caltrain is used by 5% of the people in the Bay Area, yet 100% of us taxpayers support/subsidize it. The ticket machines seem fine to me and I use Caltrain 2-3 times per month.
Valda Mort January 29, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Dear Bill Lamkin I can assure you that you would notice if we all drove to work like you do. Believe me, you should be GLAD that we 5% take the train. AND we pay for 50% of Caltrain's cost through our tickets sales, so that only leaves "you taxpayers" to pay for the other 50%, which is probably less since other agencies chip in. Also every time you draw breath you should thank us. Really guy, pick your battles better.
Vanessa Castañeda January 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Good question, Bill. I prefer that they leave the machines alone and develop an app that enables me to get a ticket on my phone and use it like a clipper card. go NFC.
Matt Laroche January 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM
2012 Caltrain farebox recovery: 58% 2010 cars only covered 51% of their cost. http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/23/drivers-cover-just-51-percent-of-u-s-road-spending/ So be thankful I'm not driving.


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