MTA Riders Still Waiting On CharmCard
After more than $90 million spent — and seven years overdue — taxpayers and travelers are still waiting for MTA’s CharmCard.The card is supposed to make travel in our area more convenient. So what’s the holdup? The 11 News I-Team’s David Collins investigated.The CharmCard is similar to E-ZPass. The plastic card contains a computer chip that can be read by a variety of fare collection systems for buses, light rail and the subway, making travel more streamlined and convenient.In Baltimore, and between Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, it was supposed to be in operation in 2003. But seven years later, and with more than $90 million dollars spent on the project, CharmCard is still not available to the general public.