While credit and debit cards typically cannot be used at on-board Metro fare boxes, they may be used to purchase fares, passes and re-loadable cards. Metro fares in most U.S. cities must paid with coins, cash, tokens, or passes and payment cards issued by the Metro service provider.
For example, riders may purchase a reloadable CharlieCard from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority at Fare Vending Machines within stations using their credit or debit cards. New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority enables to riders to purchase single fares and seven- and 30-day ride passes at on-site vending machines or to purchase an EasyPay MetroCard online that links to their debit or credit cards. The St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission allows the purchase of one-day, seven-day or 31-day passes and 10-ride passes with debit or credit cards at fare outlets or online.