MARTA is phasing in a new, more secure Breeze Card for rides on trains and buses. After March 31, the old Breeze Blue Card cannot be reloaded for future rides and after July 9 the old cards won’t be accepted at all.

Customers can transfer existing balances to the newly purchased cards. After March 31, customers will no longer be able to reload trips or balances on the blue Breeze cards. MARTA customers registering new cards before July 9, will be able to transfer their unexpired balances. After that date, all balances will be forfeited and the blue Breeze cards officially will be phased out of operation.

Transit officials are encouraging riders to use up remaining value on their Blue Cards and purchase a new Silver Breeze Card at any station vending machine for $2.

MARTA said the new Silver Breeze Card has a more secure chip, which reduces the opportunity for fraud. The new cards remain valid for three years after the purchase date.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.