SEPTA implements new gates to prevent fare evaders from boarding – NBC10 Philadelphia

Revolutionizing SEPTA Safety with 3-D Fare Evasion Detection Gates

In an effort to curb fare evasion and improve safety on SEPTA, the transit agency is introducing new gates equipped with 3-D technology to replace the turnstiles at select stations. These new gates, the first of their kind in the United States, contain advanced technology that can detect fare evaders and send data to SEPTA police dispatch in real-time.

According to Leslie Richards, CEO and General Manager of SEPTA, it is crucial for riders to pay their fare in order to ride on the transit system. The agency has been losing around $30-$40 million in revenue each year due to fare evasion, but officials hope that the new gates will help reduce this loss.

The pilot program at 69th Street in Upper Darby has already seen the installation of 20 new gates for riders traveling on the Market-Frankford Line and Norristown High-Speed Line by the end of the month. If successful, more gates could be installed at other stations as well.

In addition to improving revenue collection, these new gates will also help prevent serious crimes from occurring on SEPTA. Chuck Lawson, Chief of Transit Police Department at SEPTA mentioned that many instances of crime and disorder on SEPTA can be traced back to fare evasion. With crime down 42% from last year, riders are hopeful that this trend will continue with the introduction of the new gates.

Although these new gates may not stop every instance of fare evasion, SEPTA plans to expand the project to five or six other stations if it proves successful. The pilot project costs $1 million but officials believe it will be a worthwhile investment towards improving safety and reducing revenue loss.

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