Governor Mitt Romney sang Charlie on the MTA with Bob Haworth of the Kingston Trio. (Globe Staff Photo / Jonathan Wiggs)
Taking Charlie for a rideA new card-based fare system for the MBTA will start on the Silver Line in February, on the Blue Line in late spring, and be implemented system-wide by 2006.
CharlieCards and CharlieTickets will eventually be sold or recharged at touch-screen machines in multiple languages at any subway station using cash or credit or debit cards.
Funds are automatically deducted when a sensor reads the computer chip embedded in the thick plastic.
Funds are deducted when the paper ticket is fed through a magnetic-strip reader.
Tokens will still be accepted, but the coins will be phased out.
Bus riders may pay with either cards or cash.