This weeks column for 24Hrs: Taxpayers deserve better value for costly Translink Faregate system
This week, Brent and I take on the latest Faregate Folly…. the Compass Card fare evasion loophole.
This week’s topic: Does the latest Compass Card loophole undermine the value of the new system?
Taxpayers were treated to yet another in a series of TransLink follies recently with the news that Compass Card testers had quickly discovered an easy way to evade paying a full fare on the bus.
On any bus that travels through more than one zone, transit riders can tap in as they enter, head to the back and tap back out without getting off in order to avoid paying for more than one zone. Yes, it’s yet another form of fare evasion, the problem TransLink was allegedly trying to solve by installing faregates and introducing the Compass Card.
Of course, TransLink immediately defended the loophole by stating Transit Police and security would be checking cards with mobile readers. This will likely add additional costs to the system. As most bus riders know — myself included — it’s a rarity to see fares checked on a bus. On the rare occasion you might actually see Transit Police checking fares, keep in mind that some of them pull in $100,000 or more a year in salary. Clearly, I’m in the wrong line of work.
Does this loophole undermine the value of the new Compass Card system? Absolutely, and when you consider the rapidly rising price tag of the entire deal, it begins to appear that this system will cost taxpayers more than it will save. This leads me to question if much value is really attached to the system at all…
Read the rest of this weeks column HERE : http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/10/20/taxpayers-deserve-better-value-for-costly-translink-faregate-system
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