Getting leftover value on a transit card?

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Getting leftover value on a transit card?
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Thursday, October 26, 2017 4:54 PM

Sometimes I have a couple of dollers left on a transit card. Could i go to the transit headquaters and get a refund?

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, October 27, 2017 10:08 AM

Probably not.  I'm not sure about other agencies, but when I got fare cards to use on CTA, you could add value to them but they did have an expiration date imprinted on the card.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by bratkinson on Monday, October 30, 2017 9:39 PM

As a tourist in major cities, I know from experience that I will end up with some amount of 'left over' money on a fare card. If I plan on going back sometime soon, I may actually remember to take that card with me and 'charge it up' when I get there. But most of the time, it ends up in the trash can.

I've recently changed handling my 'extras'.  A few weeks ago, I gave my Washington DC fare card to some passenger and told her there's about 2 bucks on it. At least somebody will get the benefit of the left over money. I've done the same in the Philly subway when the token machine gave me 4 tokens when I only wanted 2. The lady that sat next to me on the 'return' trip of my joyride got 2 free tokens.

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