Faster Bus and Train Service

Waiting to board the bus or a Green Line trolley at street level can be frustrating—especially during rush hour on a cold day. That’s why we’re taking away cash payments on board, and installing digital fare readers at every door.

If you load cash value or a pass onto your account before boarding, you can easily tap your card or app at the readers at any door. This speeds up service and shortens wait time for everyone.

Starting in 2020, we’ll install readers alongside fare boxes on buses and the Green Line, so you can still pay in cash on board as we transition to the new system.

Need or Want to Pay in Cash?

You can still load cash onto your Charlie Card at any fare vending machine and retail store. We’re installing more machines at more stations throughout the region, so you’ll never be too far from a place where you can reload your account.