City officials in Boston, Mass. have launched a pilot program for students to use a single card to access the array of services the city has to offer, reports the Boston Globe.
Known as BostONEcard, the card program will enable students to ride the MBTA, check out books from city libraries, play sports, and attend after-school programs at community centers and access meal programs at their schools. The card will also be used to take attendance and may eventually support debit-based transactions.
The program is starting at the Josiah Quincy Upper School, where all students in grades 6 through 12 are being provided a card that has multiple bar codes and contactless smart card technology to use on the MBTA, and their photo.
The city will evaluate the program at the end of the academic year and consider expanding it next year to all Boston Public School students in middle school and high school.
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