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The MBTA will move towards an all-electronic fare system with the passage of $723 million proposal last week.

The changes will allow riders to tap their smartphone or credit cards to pay their fare and will introduce the next generation of Charlie Cards that will be linked to online accounts. Also, buses, trains and trolleys would no longer accept cash payments on board.

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Jim Aloisi, former state transportation secretary and a principal at the Pemberton Square Group. He tweets @jimaloisi.

Marc Ebuña, co-founder and president of TransitMatters, which advocates for better transit in Boston. He tweets @digitalsciguy.

This segment aired on December 4, 2017.

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