The San Diego Association of Governments has fixed the city’s buggy smart card transit system, according to Sign On San Diego. The system, which cost $40 million and boasts 35,000 users, had been plagued by chronic glitches that kept transit authorities from completing a full city-wide roll out.
The Metropolitan Transit System, which operates the trolley and San Diego-area bus routes, plans to require that all of its 77,000 monthly riders shift to the card by May 1.
The North County Transit District, which runs the Sprinter and a fleet of buses, wants to fully phase in the card by April 1. The pass is already in use on the agency’s Coaster trains.
Cash and paper passes will still be accepted on most lines. Users are asked to tap their cards against readers instead of waving in order to keep them validated and active within the Compass operating system.
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