MARTA to discuss Breeze Card changes with public

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MARTA to discuss Breeze Card changes with public

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This 2005 photo shows the current MARTA Breeze Card (top) and the Breeze Ticket, which is currently available only to certain groups and special programs. MARTA will gradually phase out the blue Breeze Cards by mid-2017, replacing them with the new silver Card. Breeze Tickets will be available again to all riders at a cost of $1. (Kimberly Smith/AJC staff)

New year, new card, new price.

MARTA’s silver Breeze Card debuts January 9 at a cost of $2 plus selected fare. The current Breeze Card purchase fee is $1.

MARTA will hold three public meetings regarding proposed and upcoming changes that will affect customers. The first meeting, scheduled for Jan. 4, will be held at MARTA Headquarters. The other two forums take place Jan. 5 and 6 at sites in Clayton and DeKalb counties. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

According to MARTA’s website, the new silver card will be more secure than the blue cards already in use and will be valid for three years. Fraud involving Breeze Cards has been a problem for MARTA since 2013, when computer hackers altered individual cards, illegally  adding fare to them and then selling the cards for a profit.

Customers can get free silver cards with card registration at MARTA RideStores each weekday from Jan. 11-29. The existing blue Breeze Cards are being gradually phased out and will no longer be usable after July 9, 2017.

Don’t need a three-year pass? MARTA is bringing back the $1 paper Breeze Tickets for those who aren’t regular riders.

Visit www.itsmarta.com for more information on the upcoming public meetings as well as fares, Breeze Cards, RideStore hours and more.

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