In a long-overdue upgrade to Calgary's system of C-Train (LRT, tram) stations and platforms, Calgary Transit recently announced that all ticket machines have been upgraded so that they give change for cash payments. (Previously it was an exact fare system - no change was given for any overpayment.) Also, most stations and platforms now have at least one ticket machine that accepts credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express only). Since many stations and platforms have only one machine that takes credit card payment, it would be prudent to be prepared to pay with cash, in case that machine is out of order.
By this fall, Calgary Transit expects to also support debit card payments at C-Train stations.
See Calgary Transit's website for more details, and a list of the stations and platforms currently equipped for credit card payment: calgarytransit.com/html/ticket_machines.html
One thing that wasn't addressed in the announcement is whether ticket machines have also been upgraded to accept dollar bills in addition to coins. This is another much-needed improvement. Anyone know?
And if they do take dollar bills, what is the highest denomination that is accepted? $5, $10, $20, or $50? I'm sure the folks relying on the C-Train to get themselves to & from the Stampede would love to know the answer.