Rode Tri-Rail from Boca to Miami 79th Street yesterday. We bought paper tickets since we were only making a round trip. Yes, the phase-in of the new fare media makes things a bit cumbersome. The paper ticket looks just like the old Tri-Rail tickets but without the magnetic stripe.
When you get to Miami, you have to show the paper ticket and get a blue paper Easy Card good for one day of unlimited rides on Metro. Big long line to do that. It'll be good when they've fully transitioned, but right now it's a bit confusing. SFRTA has hired retired guys to work each station and help new and unfamiliar users of the fare vending machines.
Randy Resor, aka "NellieBly" passed away on November 1, 2013. We honor his memory and his devotion to railroading at railroad.net.