PORTLAND TriMet will launch its new computerized ticketing system on all bus lines Monday.

Instead of hole-punched slips of newsprint, bus passengers will now receive a computerized ticket identical to the tickets already used on MAX and WES trains.

The tickets are more durable. They don t get all gobbled up in someone s pocket, said Debbie Marshall, a TriMet bus driver. It s just simpler for the customer.

According to TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstat, the new printers are about the size of a toaster and are located inside the buses.

TriMet bus lines 17 and 20 already implemented the new ticketing system in March. The cost of the new ticket printing system was $1.5 million.

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