In a logical response to some issues with the recent installation of fare gates, Translink is installing special gates for disabled riders who can’t tap in/out of the system. It’s a sensible move, given publicized issues with the current system.
There’s some truth to that. An estimated $7M a year lost to fare dodging under the old honour system vs. $250M+ for the installation of the existing and new gates. This does not include on-call maintenance costs in perpetuity.
The gates for disabled riders will have a more powerful sensor to read a rider’s Compass Card. This won’t stop some ne’er-do-well deadbeats from hanging around the new gates waiting to slip in behind someone who’s legitimately activated them, as prompted the post linked above.
But to paraphrase one Vancouver Sun commenter, ‘why not just install these more powerful sensors at every gate so that tapping in/out is not necessary?’ It’s only money.
And in other news Translink is reporting a jump in revenue right after faregates were introduced. Hardly a coincidence.