Results of gate latching at Metro Red and Purple Line stations: many more people TAP

Here is some interesting data gathered from recent testing of gate latching at the Normandie, North Hollywood and Western stations on the Red/Purple Line subway.

The takeaways: 1) one-way fares, stored value and pass sales significantly increased when the gates were latched; 2) Free entries — i.e. mainly those not paying fares — dropped significantly when gates were latched.

Metro staff continue to work toward starting to latch the gates in the Red and Purple Line subway this summer. As part of that effort, paper TAP tickets are being tested for Metrolink passengers who transfer to and from the Metro system.







22 replies

  1. To be fair, the concern Erik states is that the gates we have installed are those old fashioned spinning turnstiles similar to the ones they use for the NYC subway. The entrance to Magic Mountain has been using those same turnstiles for decades. These are narrow, tight and very uncomfortable for even able bodied persons to get through.

    Honestly, I don’t know why Metro chose such outdated turnstiles when they could’ve installed or even built an electronic fare gate which had wider spaces to allow for luggage, strollers, bicycles and wheelchairs similar to what they use in most transit cities around the world.

    Is it really that hard to just build an electronic fare gate? All the details to build one are listed under US patent 6,450,404. Just build a fare gate production facility right here in LA, build them in mass quantities using workers from LA (helps create jobs), and sell them to every single transit agency in the US and the world.


  2. We need real change,

    And you did notice that the second picture has a gentleman in a booth helping that lady, right?