The Breeze system collects fares using smart cards
instead of tokens or magnetic strip cards. Its features include
six-foot, Plexiglas entry gates; interactive Breeze Vending Machines;
“tap-and-go” card readers on entry gates, buses and Paratransit
vehicles; and a state-of-the-art computer system that links everything
The Breeze Card looks like a credit card, but it has
a computer chip inside that can be encoded with cash value or a
You can visit a RideStore, use the Breeze Vending Machine or go online
to add value to your card. When you insert your cash, coins,
credit/debit card into the Breeze Vending Machine, Breeze deposits the
amount on your card’s computer chip.
When you get on a bus or enter a train station, you
will tap your card onto a blue, circular Breeze “target.” The Breeze
system will verify that your pass is valid, or deduct the fare from the
balance on your card. Breeze will then open the gates or signal to the
bus driver that you have paid.
To get your transfers, you will also need to “tap
out” on the round, blue Breeze target when you leave a rail station.
Breeze will load your transfers onto your card. (Transfers load when
getting onto the bus, so this step is not necessary when getting off the