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MARTA Breeze Cards Will Double In Price Starting January

Breeze Cards will cost $2 to purchase starting January 2016. MARTA says the cards will be more secure with better encryption.
Breeze Cards will cost $2 to purchase starting January 2016. MARTA says the cards will be more secure with better encryption.
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Starting in January, new MARTA Breeze cards will cost twice as much.

MARTA said the new $2 cards will have stronger chip technology needed to prevent hacking. 

At the the Lindbergh MARTA station, commuters like Jonelle Shields-McKenzie, said they weren’t happy with the change.

“Does MARTA have a lot of instances of breaching and hacking MARTA cards? Is the cost actually necessary?” Shields-McKenzie said. “And passing it on the rider, when they’ve already endured many raises in the cost, I think is a little weird.”

ASK intTAG will manufacture the new cards, and the switch will cost MARTA $1.03 million.

The old $1 Breeze cards will be phased out over an 18-month period and will stop working in the summer of 2017.