CANADA, B.C., TRANSLINK INVEST IN TRANSIT SECURITY
VANCOUVER – The security of B.C. commuters will be enhanced thanks to a $100-million priority project that the governments of Canada, British Columbia and TransLink have identified today.
This project involves implementing controlled access gates (Faregates) and electronic fare cards (Smartcards) on the Lower Mainland’s transit system, Premier Gordon Campbell, Russ Hiebert, MP for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale and TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast announced today.Construction of the Faregates-Smartcards Project is expected to begin in the spring of 2010.
There must be an election coming. As usual the rules of propaganda apply. Lie big, lie often and sooner or later it will be accepted as truth.
The investment of $100m in out transit system is welcome – and Smartcards may or may not make travel easier. It all depends on the way they are implemented and the the tariff they use. But one thing I will predict with certainty, “Faregates” will not make transit any safer. There are a lot of things that our transit system needs – and gates – despite popular opinion – are simply not going to anything worthwhile. They will raise costs, make transit use more difficult and give rise to even more disputes with staff. They will impact on people with disabilities, people with small children, bulky baggage and bicycles. And fare evasion will continue – just in different ways.
Above all the sort of people who make you feel unsafe on transit will not disappear. Cities like New York and Paris have always had gates – and always had problems with crime. That is because places with crowds of people are attractive to certain types of crime – as with any other enterprise. There are more people so there are more potential victims. And the need to have a farecard will deter none of the hardened types. Young women walking home from bus stops and SkyTrain stations will be no safer. Young men will still get into confrontations with each other, especially when there are crowds fuelled with alcohol and “team spirit”. Con men will still stop you with plausible hard luck stories.
“a simpler and more convenient way to access the system”
Are you kidding? What could be simpler and more convenient than the present barrier free access?
I am sorry, but if faregates make you feel safer, you have been deluded.