Related to the story about the $1 coins, why do very few, if any, vending machines and the T parking lots NOT accept $1 coins? Reversal of that condition/policy might help solve the problem. Personally, I like the coins! – Loyal, Middlebor0
I asked the MBTA about this. You’re not going to like the answer. The reason….the slots on the “honor” boxes at the parking lots aren’t big enough to accept the $1 coins. This is ironic since the “T” gives the coins out as change in its’ ticket machines.
I asked if the T had any plans to change the boxes. A spokesman said that plans are being developed so that CharlieCard technology can be used at the lots…so I’d take that as a “no.”
As for vending machines, I imagine it’s the same reason. They aren’t designed to take the larger $1 coins.
Two more reasons not to like the coins. Loyal makes a good point, perhaps if they were easier to use people wouldn’t reject the coins.
Would you favor getting rid of $1 bills and using coins instead?