Maybe you were as excited as we were when we heard the rumor that transit payment solution Translink would be available for use on BART next week.

Your wish is about to come true. Translink will be here in about a week from now. Good on Muni, BART, and CAL Train. Say goodbye to your EZ rider, as it’ll be phased out the remaining of the year.

Said “SecretAgentMan” of the BART Rage forums. And, kids, this is why we consider the source on everything we see* on the TV with the typewriter. Because it just ain’t so. How do we know? Because we asked BART. Who referred us to their previously posted statementon TL’s launch, and added

Nothing has changed since then…it’s the same schedule with the “soft launch” testing, etc. The real date that will matter to people, when it is beyond the small group of testers and really wide open for everybody to use, is still a ways away.

Look, if our options are an untested launch today, or a tested launch later this summer, we know which one we’re picking. Until then, we’ll keep you posted, and, folks, be save on those forums.

Additional reporting by Matt Baume.

*perhaps even what you’re reading right now, how’s that for a mind trip?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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