Originally Posted by cornholio
Recently fare checks have been increased and the fine quadrupled to just over $170. This was done after translink did a study on fare evasion and realized that the current system and fine was not sufficient. i have no problem with you not paying the fact remains that if you dont pay you will eventually get fined with the fine being greater then any savings you have had by not paying your fares. those are the odds with the level of enforcement and high fine. anyways opinions are nice and all but numbers, stats, and real research are better. by the way i could tell you that fare evasion is no where near 30%, for our network now a days after the increased fines and enforcement fare evasion is going to be well under 5%(hit up translink for info) and that small percentage that dont pay are mostly going to be people who cant pay because like i said you cant save any money by not paying.
TransLink didn't reveal the true numbers... as we hae discussed before. Now the "30%" number from the Provincal Government and the media (CanWest) may seem a little too large, but it's true. If we were to keep the current system of Proof-of-payment, we would not be able to change our fare-system or impelement smart-cards. One of the many flaws in our system include this:
If I were to purchase a two-zone fare in Zone 2, I can technically ride the SkyTrain on Zone 1 and 3. There is no way I can get caught.
The Proof-of-Payment is VERY idealistic. As cornholio said, we can put more transit police and skytrain attendants... but unfortunately, that doesn't work. Many of them just stand around doing nothing - putting more is just a waste of tax dollars. Now if we put the gates, it would be stopping our fare evaders and forcing new attendants to do their job properly. Putting actual gates will also allow us to implement Smart cards. The gates solve the problem of fare evasion, safety and security within the system (though I would say putting Transit Police in and around the stations should be done as well) and potentially increase ridership, which is the goal of many urban planners and the Provincal government.
Regarding the early date of the gates, maybe some stations would see this for sure, such as the M-Line stations.