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Raleigh’s Capital Area Transit to roll out ‘smartcard’ fare system

City bus riders will soon have an alternative to juggling coins and cash to pay their fare. Capital Area Transit has accepted a $340,596 state grant to install “smartcard” readers on 70 buses. Unlike CAT’s current magnetic strip tickets, smartcards can be reloaded using cash or a credit card. Initially, riders will have to reload the cards with vending machines at the Moore Square bus station and at major transfer points throughout the city. But CAT plans to eventually set up a system for reloading cards online.

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