Treasurer Susan Leal Adds TransLink® Transit Fare Purchase
to Services at City Hall
“Smart Card” Will Ease Commute on Bay Area Transit
San Francisco (May 19, 2003) - Starting today, Bay Area
transit riders can add value to their Translink cards at the City Payment
Center in City Hall. San Francisco City Treasurer unveiled the new service
today announcing the addition of TransLink to the transit products and
other city services available for purchase at City Hall.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and six San Francisco
Bay Area transit agencies introduced the pilot phase of the TransLink
regional fare payment system in February 2002. With TransLink, customers
use a single smart card, which is about the size of a credit card, to ride
Bay Area buses, trains, light rail lines, and ferries. The smart card has
a microchip and an antenna embedded inside, which stores cash values and
transit passes electronically. Transit riders “tag” the card at a reader
that deducts value from the card, then opens a fare gate or signals that
the fare has been paid.
“I am delighted to offer this new service to our customers at City
Hall,” said Leal. “Bringing TransLink to City Hall adds to the growing
number of transactions available at the City Payment Center, a one-stop
shop for the City’s financial transactions,” added Leal.
TransLink is available on select stations and routes of BART, MUNI, AC
Transit, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, and the Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority. In the future, TransLink will be expanded to
additional transit routes and all 28 Bay Area transportation systems.
Other transactions currently available in the City Payment Center in
City Hall Room 140 include: payment of water bills, property taxes and
business taxes, purchase of transportation passes, including MUNI
FastPasses and tokens and BART tickets, processing of passport
applications, and purchase of Recreation and Park department Resident Golf
cards and pool script books. An accessible “talking ATM” with no surcharge
is also available for use by customers.