As we posted earlier this month, Metro will begin a turnstile locking demonstration this Wednesday to collect more data on TAP (Transit Access Pass) smart cards and so-called “paper fare media” (paper tickets and passes) currently in use. The first closure will be at the Purple Line Wilshire/Normandie Station from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Wednesday. The one-entrance station and time of day were selected to help minimize passenger inconvenience.
The station will be well staffed with personnel who will TAP through riders who do not have TAP cards. This is not a study of fare evasion. Nor is it a permanent and final closure of the gates. The purpose of the demonstration is to find out what types of paper tickets and passes are still being used by Metro customers, including valid rail tickets, Metrolink passes, EZ Transit Passes and inter-agency transfers.
The Wilshire/Normandie turnstile closure will be followed by closures on three consecutive Wednesdays at three other stations, from 1 to 4 p.m., adding one station per week in this order: week 1: Wilshire/Normandie Station; week 2: Wilshire/Normandie plus Vermont/Beverly; week 3: Wilshire/Normandie and Vermont/Beverly plus Hollywood/Western; week 4: Wilshire/Normandie, Vermont/Beverly and Hollywood/Western plus Wilshire/Western.