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New coins cause problems for TransLink machines

05/03/2012 05:34 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

B.C.'s transportation authority says it hopes to have a solution by next week for a commuter headache caused by newly minted coins.

TransLink's ticket vending machines are not accepting new one-dollar and two-dollar coins issued by the Royal Canadian Mint because they are too lightweight.

Businesses across Canada that use coin-operated devices have been complaining about the new loonies and toonies.

Ticket machines at SkyTrain stations will be getting a computer upgrade, says TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider.

"The plan is to get everything working on the Canada Line and at least one ticket vending machine per station on the Expo/Millennium Line working."

Snider says it's unclear how much the fixes will cost and who is going to pay for it.

Customers have alternatives to using a new coin in the vending machines, including using debit/credit cards, purchasing FareSaver tickets and swapping a new coin for an old one.

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