Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg will issue student new ID cards that have contactless smart card technology, according to a report in The Tartan. The new contactless cards will enable students access to public transportation with Port Authority of Allegheny County.
The new cards and change in Carnegie Mellon’s agreement with Port Authority also resulted in an increase in the student transportation fee, increasing from $110 to $120.
Carnegie Mellon, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh generate about 600,000 rides per month, about 11% of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s total riders.
The cards will otherwise be used in the same way, offering students access to Plaid Ca$h, print quota, and on-campus residence.
Students were asked to submit designs for the new ID cards and some are not happy with the options. There is an online petition to once again open up the competition so new designs can be chosen.