Passengers will notice new fareboxes with new payment options next week when they board some public buses.
Starting Monday, Metro transit will use Odyssey fareboxes aimed at increasing efficiency and on-time performance by reducing boarding times and mechanical failures.
The system will accept and validate all U.S. currency and recognize it in the denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20. It will reject counterfeit bills, foreign currency and $50 and $100 bills.
The fareboxes will include an automated voice announcement to let riders know if they have an expired transfer, expired ride card or need to show identification for a reduced fare, collegiate pass or employee program.
They’ll also include value cards that will be issued from the farebox if the rider must overpay the fare. The cards can be used for a future bus ride as fare credit and may be combined with cash to make up the difference.
The system will make it easier for the bus operator to determine the correct payment was made, Metro said.
In the future, it will accept debit cards, credit cards and pre-loaded smart cards in a “tap and go” payment system.