Smart Card getting Smarter

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is hoping to expand the Parking Meter Smart Card to include Taxi fares and Garage fees soon, as well as Septa and Patco fares sometime next year.
Presently to pay for parking with Smart Card, you simply insert it into the slot on the parking meter. The meter will read the tiny microchip embedded in your card and show you how much money is left on your Smart Card.

Your card will automatically begin adding time to the meter in 25¢ increments, deducting that amount of money from the remaining value on your card. When you reach the desired amount of time on the meter, remove your card from the slot.

Cards will not add time beyond the meter’s pre-set limit, or if purchasing additional time would carry you into a time when parking is prohibited on that block. For example, if your meter is zoned for two hour parking, you will not be able to pay for more than two hours. Similarly, if you park in a space at 3:30 PM that is zoned No Parking 4 PM – 6 PM, you will only be able to pay for 30 minutes using your Smart Card.

At this time, Smart Cards are not to re-loadable; when your Smart Card runs out, please discard it and purchase another.

Have any ideas for other ways the Smart Card can be used?

3 Comments so far

  1. Jay V (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    Think we can use it to pick Master Locks?

  2. Joe S (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 12:51 pm

    It sure looks possible but I am not sure it would ever be advertised.

  3. Joe S (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 11:33 pm

    The cab I took this evening was ready willing and able to accept the Smart Card.

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