The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) will begin the use of “e-lockers” that instead of being opened with keys by a passenger who wants to store his or her bicycle before boarding a train, are opened with a card read by a computerized reader embedded in the locker. Officials of Oakland-based BART say the card-entry lockers can be used by up to five cyclists a week. Passengers can purchase a smart card online at www.bikelink.org for $20. They are charged 3 cents per hour to store their bike, which is deducted from the smart card when passengers return to retrieve their bikes. BART plans to install 198 of its own e-lockers at eight additional stations by July and 220 e-lockers at 12 more stations next year. The district hopes to have 895 such lockers operational by 2012.
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