RTD’s Fare Cards Delayed At Least 9 Months

DENVER (AP) – A highly touted fare card system that Denver-area transportation officials hoped would collect ridership data and help set fare pricing has been delayed at least nine months.

The Denver Post reports that Regional Transportation District board members are calling for a review of delays in the $15.3 million plan. Problems in how the devices communicate have delayed plans to install hardware on RTD’s 1,100 buses by the end of this year.

The glitch in the fare cards comes as the agency prepares to reduce transit service to save $12 million a year and ask voters to double the 0.4 percent FasTracks sales tax to complete a light rail expansion to the suburbs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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