The National Post reports that the TTC is going to spend $1.5-million to install fare validation equipment in stations and vehicles.
The devices will be similar to the metropass slide readers currently in use at subway stations and will be mounted on top of fare boxes. If a fake pass or token is swiped or dropped in, the devices will beep and a screen will tell operators that a counterfeit has been detected, said TTC Chair Adam Giambrone. The machines will spit fake tokens, he said. [Full article]
The TTC never rests in finding new ways to slow down service. One huge advantage of the Metropass is that one simply waves it in the general direction of an operator. They may nod or say “thanks” or just go about their business, but people can pile onto a vehicle. Imagine if each pass holder has to swipe their card on entry. Pay-as-you-enter slows TTC service enough, but Metropass validation?
What will they do for all door-loading at busy stops? What will they do once streetcars board at all doors and fare handling is self-service?
By the way, the project cost according to the Capital Budget (page 1,179) is $5.368-million, of which a smaller amount is budgeted for 2010.
The TTC may save money on counterfeits, but how much will they lose in service delays? Do they even care?
If the TTC is looking for cuts in their Capital Budget, this is a prime example.