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RTD TO PARTICIPATE IN DEMONSTRATION OF FARE DEBIT CARDS ON SELECTED LINES IN EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY IN 1993

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 ~PRNewswire~ -- Testing of debit card readers for fare payment by patrons will be conducted by the RTD early in 1993 on selected lines operating out of the Pomona division.
 Fare debit card readers will be installed on selected bus lines operating out of RTD Division 16 in Pomona next March or April, the RTD said. The RTD is thus participating in a demonstration sponsored by the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. Other participants are Culver City Municipal Bus Lines and Foothill Transit.
 A fare debit card is similar to an automatic teller machine card, carrying a magnetic strip. A fare debit card can be issued for a set amount. Each use in the debit card reader aboard a bus reduces the amount outstanding on the card. When the amount on the card reaches $10 or less, the debit card reader automatically prints out the amount remaining on the debit card.
 The fare debit cards and debit card readers are being tested to determine if the devices could eliminate the use of cash in payment of fares on public transportation. A fare debit card also could become interchangeable on several transit systems.
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 ~CONTACT: Anthony Greno or Jim Smart of RTD, 213-972-4400~


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