While I’ve been enjoying using my Translink card on AC Transit for nearly a year now – and especially since it’s started saving me money – I was really looking forward to using it on BART and Muni. It’s frustrating to have to carry around a Translink card, a BART card, and change for Muni. Sometimes, I just end up walking in San Francisco because I don’t have the right change for Muni.
Back in October, I noticed a Translink reader on a Muni bus so I naively thought it wouldn’t be long before I could forget about the change and get rid of my BART card. But, I guess I shouldn’t have been so optimistic. The Chronicle reported today that the estimated implementation date of Translink on Muni and Caltrain has been moved back to July 15 and BART won’t come on board until September 25. And it gets worse:
But because of continued problems with software developed by an outside contractor, even those dates might get pushed back, MTC officials warned.
“The finish line keeps getting pushed back. We’re not happy,” said MTC executive director Steve Heminger.
I’m not happy either. Oh well, at least I can still enjoy using Translink in the East Bay.