Hey Bean Towners, you may be the first people in the nation to order and display commuter rail tickets using your smartphone. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority recently announced that it’s hiring Masabi to administer a new smartphone ticketing system for the MBTA commuter rail that services Boston and its suburbs.
Using the ticketing system, customers can buy rail tickets or add funds to their “Charlie Card” with their phone. The system also uses a visual ticketing app that customers can use instead of paper tickets. Each visual ticket has an image with changing colors that’s easy for conductors to view and confirm that the ticket is legitimate.
The mobile ticketing app will be available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. No formal launch date has been announced, but the system is expected to roll out later this year.