Many of you have been following this issue. A short recap: in order to lock the gates at Metro Rail stations — expected to happen in mid-2013 — Metro needs Metrolink customers to have some type of TAP fare media to get through the gates.
The above report spells out the two options. The preferred one is that Metrolink adopt a paper-based TAP card to provide its customers. The not preferred one is that Metrolink customers no longer would be able to enjoy free transfers to Metro.
As would be expected, the Metro Board's Executive Management Committee expressed some serious concerns about the second option, with Board Member Don Knabe saying basically it's not an option — he wants interconnectivity maintained between Metrolink and Metro.
The Metrolink Board is taking up the item at its meeting tomorrow. Metro's Executive Management Committee moved the item to the full Board of Directors without a recommendation; it will be taken up at the Board's meeting next month.