110. Paying Your Fare
Different public transit systems across the United States
different rules and procedures for paying the fare.
under a certain age or below a certain
sometimes can ride for free or for a
fare; the elderly and disabled usually ride for
Most mass transit buses accept cash
; almost all buses accept coins. However, a passenger
to have exact change because bus drivers do
make change. Some buses accept tokens that you
buy at some bus depots or train stations.
the country, more and more buses use a
card system. These are cards loaded by passengers
a certain amount of money; it could be
day, week, month or annual pass. They are
, tapped, or scanned when riding. The fare is
deducted. What is good about a fare card
that they can be reloaded via the Internet
by phone, so a passenger doesn't need to
to a station to add money. Fare cards
make transferring from one bus line to another
. Many cities even allow for free transfers from
bus line to another when using a fare
Light rails, subways, and trains usually have a
system of paying your fare. However, people cannot
to ride using cash since there is no
there to collect the fare. Most rail-based mass
systems require a token or a fare card.
rail systems have turnstiles that are locked until
swipe or tap your fare card. Some people
not like fare cards because they worry about
they are going being tracked.