And now they have this planned for mid 2013, I'm sure it will work out as planned, just like the new BDS has worked out:
Q: When will we start using transfer printers on the buses?
A: Pilot testing on a portion of the bus fleet is expected
to begin in the spring. Around the middle of 2013, the plan is for all
buses to have transfer printers installed near the farebox. Instead of
tearing, punching and handing over a flimsy newsprint transfer, the
operator will push a button on the MDT screen, and the new device will
issue a durable transfer with a foil strip and the correct expiration
time, daycode and designation (Adult/Honored Citizen/ Youth). Although
the new device is just a printer—you can’t swipe or tap a debit/ credit
card on it—it’s another step toward an electronic fare system. Before
the transfer printers become widely available, we’ll educate customers
through media releases, social media, email and other channels.