The commute to work. August 21, 2008Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Charlie Card, Commute, Hack, MBTA
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Generally speaking the commute to work isn’t too bad but I found out this week it does have its moments.
Two days ago the train was stopped at the Rte. 128 station for a medical emergency. That delayed us by about 20 minutes.
Then this evening it was delayed because of track congestion. But this time I was only about a ten minute delay before we got back to Providence.
The MBTA Red Line runs like a clock though. Those subway cars can hit 50MPH which is quite fast for a small train. But because it stops so often it takes 20 minutes to cover 12 miles.
Been paying cash for everything since it didn’t make sense to drop $250 on a pass midway through the month. Of course I’ll probably spend $250 for two weeks but hey, the job pays enough to cover that.
Got a Charlie Card but I can only use that on the subways or buses. The commuter rail isn’t yet setup for it but they will be shortly. They’re rolling out WiFi on the commuter trains little by little so its likely they’ll use the WiFi on the trains to connect devices that can read and write Charlie Cards.
I also have a 3-track reader/writer. I’ll let your imagination run free there but I will tell you that the re loadable Charlie Card has already been hacked and I have in my possession the information necessary to deposit say $653 on my card. Not that I’ve done so, I’ve actually put about $40 on the card.
I do want to swipe through a few of the RIPTA change cards and things of that nature and see what I get. I bet that’s not secure either.