It’s funny how many businesses are starting to realize that our gadgets can be used for much more. They can be used to make our daily activities much easier and more efficient. That’s why the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is going to start a program this fall that will allow commuter rail riders to buy tickets on their smartphones.
It’s a first for the U.S. The project is a partnership with Masabi, a company with expertise in mobile transit ticketing systems. It should make things more efficient for riders, since less than half of the 140 commuter rail stations even have ticket machines and should help to cut costs for the MBTA and reduce the amount of fare jumpers on the rail system.
As usual it all translates into more money in their pocket, which is good because the MBTA has been trying to fight a $185 million budget deficit.