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Automated fare media

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Reducing vehicle dwell time
Automated fare media can be used to consolidate fare media among several agencies within a region.
== Reducing vehicle dwell time ==
Automated An automated fare media reduces can reduce or eliminate the need for transit customers to pay in cash, as users can a typically time-intensive process compared to electronic fare media. Many electronic fare media feature the ability to pre-load media the fare card with passes or cash value.
The Federal Transit Administration notes:
<blockquote>The pay- Many transit agencies offer prepaid fare media, such as-you-board policy typically used for North American bus operations has its greatest limitations when boarding demand a season pass, stored value card, or ticket. If a driver is very heavyrequired to inspect passes, such as during the evening rush hour boarding can be longer than with payment in Central Business Districts change. An electronic fare box with a card reader can reduce boarding time for pass holders. Fare cards with a microchip, or other major employment concentrationssmart cards, can allow transit agencies to offer a more sophisticated fare policy. The long dwell times not Contactless smart cards need only delay passengers but be waved at a marked spot, and therefore can use up scarce downtown bus berths, greatly reducing the potential passenger throughputreduce payment time.<ref>"Fare Collection." FTA.</ref></blockquote> ==Notes==
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