• Metro GM looking at changing new fare gates to prevent fare invasion

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

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  by davinp
 
Since last year, Metro has spent millions replacing all the fare gates in their system.
The problem is these new fare gates are lower to the ground and easy for people to jump over to evade paying fares. The previous management did this to prevent blind spots.

Sources said Metro’s new General Manager Randy Clarke wants to look at possibly modifying faregates to prevent such losses.

Metro could change gates to be more restrictive, like those that have been piloted on the BART system in San Francisco and Oakland, California.

The problem, however, is that Metro just spent millions to install new fare gates across the system, and would have to spend even more.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/loca ... y/3146428/
  by STrRedWolf
 
Maybe not as much as fully replacing them, but a prototype can be had where the existing gates are duplicated and stacked on top of the old ones. The curved edge of the orange gate "blades" themselves would form four curved edges of a "diamond". When a pass is tapped, all blades swing away and let a person through.

You stop evaders leapfrogging over the center shared console and diving over the blades... and you're using existing parts, thus cheaper to build and install.

Anything else is a full replacement.
  by NaugyRR
 
When we were in DC last October I noticed more people just forcing open the gates than jumping over them. Even at staffed stations the ticket agent and nearby police didn't seem bothered by it either.
  by STrRedWolf
 
NaugyRR wrote: Thu Sep 01, 2022 8:44 am When we were in DC last October I noticed more people just forcing open the gates than jumping over them. Even at staffed stations the ticket agent and nearby police didn't seem bothered by it either.
...crap.

Full replacement. There's no other choice now.
  by Sand Box John
 
NaugyRR
When we were in DC last October I noticed more people just forcing open the gates than jumping over them. Even at staffed stations the ticket agent and nearby police didn't seem bothered by it either.


That is because DC decriminalize fare evasion back in 2018.
  by JDC
 
Not quite on-topic for the thread, but I did want to add that everyone should follow the new GM on Twitter. Obviously it's PR, but even if it is just PR his constant presence in the system is a good start to his leadership (IMO).