Report to Board of Directors on gate locking process

The Metro staff report posted below explains the process that Metro will take in locking the gates at Metro Rail stations. The report is to the Board of Directors on a receive-and-file basis; no action is required. The Board voted in February to begin the gate-locking process this year.

The biggest change which could happen the soonest: the conversion of paper tickets to paper TAP cards this spring. As for the gate locking, the plan is to begin at the Normandie station on the Metro Purple Line subway and then lock the gates at the remaining Red and Purple Line stations over the rest of 2012.

Here’s the report — it’s only two pages.

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33 thoughts on “Report to Board of Directors on gate locking process

  1. “Paulus, in an LA Times story, it was reported that locking gates at stations increased revenue by 20% at those stations”

    Remember, these were tests conducted with a lot of staff around. That’s what reduced fare evasion, the people, not the gates. When the gates are locked for good, they will be unstaffed. There is not enough money to staff them.

    Considering that fares themselves only provide for 30% of what it costs to operate the typical public transportation system, recovering 20% of that 30% isn’t much worth it at what it costs to install and operate these fare gates.

  2. It’s about time! I’ve visited Tokyo, Taipei, Singapore, London, Delhi, and Bangkok, they all have fare gates. Sooner or later, LA Metro will have to do so too as it moves to become a transit oriented city. It’s stupid to put faith in the honor system in a city with a population of this size.

    Those that say otherwise and say staffing the gates is too costly, well duh, that’s the cost of doing business. Do you expect our grocery stores to work with no people around and relying on the good faith of people to actually pay for the groceries at Ralphs?

    If there’s no additional funding to pay for additional staffing, find other ways to recuperate that cost. Take for example, Bangkok and Taipei; how do they get the funding to staff people at the stations and maintain those faregates while keeping transit costs so low? High taxes? Nope. Service cuts? Nope. High fares? Nope. Renting retail space at the stations and revenue sharing with retailers such as McDonald’s and Watsons pharmacies that are there at the stations? Ding!

  3. If you are going to put in turnstiles, then they should be staffed. All of the Red Line stations get enough traffic that someone in a booth, watching out for terrorists and giving tourists directions, would be helpful.

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