I would like to see machines at the bus transfer points, and other various bus stops, in the city. It would be similar to most major cities with good public transit (NYC, Boston, D.C. etc.) It would allow the rider to purchase a fare card before they get on the bus, eliminating the need for the drivers to print one, and also it would make it faster to board the bus, because riders wouldn't be standing there finding the right amount, because they would have it prior to boarding. I think it could potentially increase ridership, by doing this, because it would make it easier, and more convenient to purchase the cards.
Response: Metro staff are currently in the procurement process for a new fare collection system. Part of the purchase requirements of this new system involves the ability to add ticket vending machines at transfer points, sales outlets, and even Metro's reception window. Phase 1 of the project, happening in 2014, will involve the installation of new farebox equipment on all Metro buses. Once this has been completed, staff will then look at the possiblities of installing these types of fare vending machines throughout its service area.