SFMTA installs TransLink smart-card system 

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will begin installing card readers today in order to prepare for the new TransLink smart-card system.

The system will be installed on all fleet vehicles for the test phase. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and the Golden Gate Transit and Ferry use the system.

"After a much awaited arrival, it’s exciting to see SFMTA proceeding with the necessary preparations to test the system here," SFMTA Executive Director and CEO Nathaniel Ford Sr. said. "The test phase is crucial to validating that the smart-card system runs smoothly on Muni vehicles before it goes live."

Those using TransLink cards on AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit and Muni light rail may be able to use them on Muni vehicles, but not all vehicles will be equipped or some readers may not be functioning.

"The TransLink smart card is more than just smart — it’s the future of seamless travel in the Bay Area," San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a written statement. "[We’re] taking the necessary next step toward extending the convenience of smart-card technology to transit customers in the city and throughout the region."

Anyone who experiences problems with the system is asked to go to www.translink.org or call (877) 878-8883.

— Bay City News

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