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Mobile ticketing coming to Mass. commuter rail

April 23, 2012
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BOSTON—Commuter rail passengers will soon be able to buy tickets with their smart phones.

The MBTA announced on Monday that it expects mobile ticketing to be available on the commuter rail system by the fall.

The T said its vendor, Masabi US, would design applications for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, allowing riders to purchase tickets on their phones and display them on their screens when they board trains.

Officials say less than half of the 140 commuter rail stations have fare vending machines, forcing many customers to pay for their tickets after they board trains.

The T says mobile ticketing will eliminate the need to install additional vending machines and also save money by reducing cash handling costs.

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