SkyTrain Faregates are Coming to a Station Near You

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Today construction on the SkyTrain faregates began at Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station  start the installation of the transit faregates. The cost to implement faregates at all stations is pegged at $171-million. This should have been implemented from day one. However, alas just like most big capital projects a few minor details are always left out.

Installation will be complete by 2013 and that will lead to the introduction of the Compass transit cards.

You will need a Compass card to use transit. You will be able to pre load an amount on the card. Perhaps the card could one day be used at convenience stores like they do in Hong Kong.

It’s estimated that close to 8 to 10 million in increased revenue will be brought in to the system as fare evasion will be mitigated. So in 20 years this project will pay for itself. Hmmmm….

Image and source: Vancouver Sun

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  • LTD.Edition

    It’s too bad.  In expo ’86 one of the highlights of the system (other than being automated) was the ability to enter/exit freely.  Which is a rare convenience for a transit system… this is too bad. Really.  

  • Josh(ie) Andallo

    It was probably because Vancouver was a relatively smaller city then. Thanks to Expo and even more thanks to the Olympics, more and more people are choosing to either live here or visit here. That increases the risk of higher fare evasion (both caused either accidentally due to ignorant tourists or intentional by those d-bags who can’t fork over $2.50 or whatnot). Thus, this is a great idea to have; it makes everything fair and definitely saves money lost to fare evasion.

  • Toby Sullivan

    Good read. However, I would argue that this shouldn’t have been implemented from day one. Back in 1986 they didn’t have the technology to make fare gates convenient and reliable (ever had to deal with gates in other cities on a regular basis? They’re crap). RFID cards are the key to really making this system work and that’s a relatively new technology.

    Furthermore, this upgrade is about far more than just stopping freeloaders on the SkyTrain. It’s also re-working the fare system throughout the entire TransLink system including buses and these improvements are actually where the majority of that 8 to 10 million in increased revenue will come from (reduced maintenance costs, increased ridership due to convenience, and other stuff).