Opinion

Turnstiles do work

Editor:

 Re: “SkyTrain barriers unlikely,” Nov. 3. My high school math teacher was known to say “Utter wubbish. What wubbish.” He did have a problem with his R’s.

Translink’s spokesperson should heed these words.  His statements, as reported by Jeff Nagel, “There’s no business to justify the case” followed with “Some people deliberately or not, buy insufficient fares,” indicate how little is known of operators in other countries. Can they all be wrong?

I am not sure what any well-experienced person would make of this.  

I will indicate the many similar services I have used that have both turnstiles for entry and exit. Many of them can work both ways. 

Let me provide the list so there will be no mistake about the folly of so many well run transit operators: all train systems in Japan (Tokyo, Kobe, Osaka, Kansai region), Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Paris, Manila, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toronto.  I am sure I have used others but I do not want to exaggerate.

 Yes there has to be supervision, although in most cases limited, but surely this is a small cost. That also helps with security and safety of passengers. There would be a drop in passenger immediately and would slow the need for future replacements of equipment, another saving.

I challenge the Transit Authority to prove its “spin” on the fares that are not paid. 

A $4-million figure is highly underestimated. I was able last week to walk onto the Sea Bus both ways with two friends from Amsterdam who were amazed at the lack of ticket inspection. Yes we did have tickets, but we did not show them nor did there appear to be any interest by passengers in the ticket machines. 

I have not seen nor have I ever been asked to show my ticket since SkyTrain started operating.

Do the directors of our transit authority, who have not been elected by the public in the past to the position, have any real knowledge or real research?

Turnstiles are much less expensive to install when the original construction is being done.

Hugh Mawby

Richmond

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