Beginning in March Madison County Transit will be transitioning all Half Fare and Free Ride IDs to contactless "Smartcards". The cards are credit card sized and have a chip that communicates with on-board validators. The validators "read" the information from the card and record the time, date, and location of the transaction.

Director of Marketing and Planning for Madison County Transit SJ Morrison tells The Big Z what this means to you if you ride frequently.

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All you have to do is tap this pass on a vailidator and it registers the information automatically without having to enter anything in manually. To facilitate the distribution of these IDs, MCT will begin hosting weekly ID Distribution Sessions at Edwardsville Station in March. MCT will continue to accept the current Free Ride and Half Fare IDs through June 30th, 2016.

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