Since the last two Miss604 Polls  were transit related, why not continue the theme.
In the news this morning is the subject of turnstiles at Skytrain stations. I don’t know about you but two things I always thought were pretty cool were a) the honor system on Skytrain and b) there’s no one driving the train.
Sure, it sucks when you pay over $4 to go three zones and someone can just hop on without a ticket at their leisure and milk the system for free, but would the planned turnstiles be effective? I have many questions…
Apparently the Skytrain is a vehicle for crime, allowing all those hooligans from Surrey easy access to the pristine Vancouver stations, so would tougher enforcement of fare payment reduce this risk? Isn’t that why they shelled out all that money to get those Skytrain cops some guns?
Honestly, it wouldn’t bother me either way – to keep the fare-checking the same or to have fun little turnstiles that eat your ticket and spit it out the other side. I know I always pay, in many ways, for riding transit in the region so whatever, do what you gotta do Translink, but what about those that can’t?
Here are some reactions so far:
One Skytrain user says it’s about time already for these security measures. And another says he believes it would stop fare evaders.
Turnstiles will be in place at all stations before the 2010 Games and commuters will be able to pay with a smart card, which can be loaded online. [News1130]
Smart cards? NOW we’re talkin‘.
One might think most fare paying Skytrain riders would generally be supportive of the plan.
But while those getting off the train here this morning aren’t opposed to the move, they also aren’t optimistic about whether it will work.
“Do you think it will work? Cut down on fare evasion? — No, well you’ve got to think of the poor. They can’t afford anything.”
“If you look at other jurisdictions where they have turnstiles, they actually have as much or more fare evasion then we do.”
So what about safety? Will turnstiles make riders feel safer?
“No, well I don’t think it would make any difference to safety.” [CKNW]
It’s obvious that there are mixed reactions but is this what Translink should be spending their money on? Put in your two cents below.
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