MBTA officials say CharlieTicket problem has been solved
MBTA officials say they believe they have solved the problem that bedeviled thousands of commuter rail riders this morning who tried to get on the subway once they arrived in Boston but found their newly issued CharlieTicket monthly passes rejected by automated fare gates.
The issue was indirectly related to the fare increases that took effect Sunday. While updating software for all vending machines, fare boxes, and fare gates, a glitch occurred in the software that recognizes monthly commuter rail passes sold through the corporate pass program when used to transfer at subway fare gates. That affected as many as 25,000 riders, causing backups and confusion at subway stations when those riders tried to use their passes, officials said.
Pesaturo said this afternoon that there was also a separate problem: Some corporate program administrators didn’t load enough value into their members’ cards.
Dozens of commuters stood in line at the pass office at Downtown Crossing at about 5 p.m. today with questions and problems as fans whirred from the ceiling in a futile attempt to blunt the stifling heat.
John Piantedosi, 57, of Lynn, an adjunct professor at Bunker Hill Community College, said the card problems and the subsequent waiting in line left him “tired, frustrated.”
“This happened about two months ago,” he said. “I mean, they fix it, but it’s a lot of time and energy.”
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