Becky Bombero is a UCONN Political Science and Communications graduate. She is currently the Mayor's campaign assistant.
Today I am going to get my very own New Haven smart card. I had a card like this at UConn – where my student ID could be used to buy things from campus coffee shops and the Co-op. The difference is that I will not have to pay to activate my New Haven smart card.
I will go to Atticus to get my free card and put $50 dollars on it which I can then use at many downtown merchants. It will be great – I’m notorious for forgetting to go to the ATM so I rarely have cash on me – I can fill this up one time and not have to worry about running to the ATM all the time.
It will be even better when the smart card meters start showing up over the summer. Yesterday I spent nearly $2 filling my meters and I had to dig through my ashtray for 5 minutes to find all those quarters.
I look forward to seeing what other merchants sign on to accept the smart card. Who would you like to see sign up?