apodino wrote:One thing I was always curious about. Why doesn't the MBTA have self serve ticketing machines at all the commuter stations?
I've run into a situation with this recently, and I wonder if anyone here knows how it is 'supposed' to work. I'm working on a job that requires me to ride from Worcester to Wellesley (Farms) a few days a week. Worcester does have a couple of ticket machines. However, it turns out you can't buy an interzone ticket from a machine. (This seems odd because it says right on the fare website
that you can pay your $5 with a CharlieTicket... where am I supposed to get this CharlieTicket from if the machine can't sell it?) Buying it on board is fine if I'm on a train that stops at Wellesley Farms, which I usually am in the morning. However in the afternoon I've been taking a train that ends at Framingham and transferring. On the days that someone has tried to check my ticket (not often), the conductor has seemed stumped by what to do with me.
One day the individual told me to "just buy your ticket on the next train then". Another time the conductor said they couldn't sell me the ticket, because "my train number is programmed into my computer". On one occasion they actually charged me an interzone only as far as Framingham, and I had to buy a second ticket for the train to Worcester... or would have, if anyone on the Worcester train had checked, which they didn't.
So how is this supposed to work? Are transfers supposed to be allowed in a situation like Framingham, or am I supposed to buy two separate interzone tickets when that happens? It seems like it should be allowed -- and encouraged, because I would be likely to buy a roundtrip in the morning, instead of just hoping nobody checks on the way home -- especially now that the ticket has a timestamp and a QR code. If I board a Worcester train at Framingham with a ticket I bought 20 minutes ago in Wellesley, there's no way I can be scamming anything, right?