Harvard notified us of the new changes to the subway system starting January 1st. The old style disposable soft plastic swipe card are being eliminated and replaced by firm plastic cards with memory chips in them that you keep using for 5 years. Separate subway and bus passes are now going to be combined into one LinkPass that gives you access to both forms of transit (whether you like it or not). For subway pass or bus pass holders in the past, this is an increase in cost. For people who had combo passes before (giving them access to subway and bus) this is a decrease in cost.
Complicating matters (for me, at least) is that the previous subway pass could be used on the commuter rail to go one zone. That’s how I get to work each morning – avoiding the subway altogether. Going forward, I’m going to have to order a separate pass (which is oddly enough the same price as a new LinkPass) to access the commuter rail. What poor design.
Basically, anybody with a pass to use the subway and bus system will also have paid the amount required to use the first zone of the commuter rail system, too. However, they won’t be able to. For that reason, I don’t understand why everybody just doesn’t boycott the LinkPass and go for the Zone 1A commuter pass. It’s the same price and you get more options.
….unless I’m missing something.
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