I can't wait to see how this works!
The Herald said:
The MBTA’s goal is to allow customers to drive to a commuter rail parking lot, take a commuter rail train into North or South Station and then hop onto the subway or a bus - using a CharlieCard to pay for each leg of the trip.
That sounds good in theory, but how is it going to work? Does this mean we'll slide our CharlieCards into a card reader before getting onto the commuter rail train platform? How about when we board the trains at North or South Station? Will they eliminate conductors because of the CharlieCard?
Of course, we don't know how it is going to work or when it is going to be rolled out. That is b/c the T doesn't know.
The exact timetable for the full rollout depends on what systems the MBTA comes up with to accept CharlieCard payments, but the expansion will start with a single commuter line for testing purposes. The MBTA is soliciting the help of a consulting firm to oversee design and implementation of the new systems and their integration with current CharlieCard technology.
This is going to be very interesting.