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

Revolutionary 3-D Technology Takes on Fare Evasion with New SEPTA Security Measures

New security measures are being put in place by SEPTA to combat fare evasion, with the installation of new gates and 3-D technology at stations. These measures are aimed at replacing the turnstiles that have been easily bypassed by some riders in the past. Fare evasion has cost the transit agency millions of dollars in revenue each year, but officials hope that the new gates will put an end to this.

The new gates were recently installed at 69th Street in Upper Darby as part of a pilot program. The gates are the first of their kind in the U.S., using 3-D technology to detect fare evaders and notify SEPTA police in real-time. This technology allows for more accurate detection and reporting of fare evaders, making it easier for SEPTA to track down those who refuse to pay their fares.

SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie Richards emphasized the importance of paying to ride on SEPTA and how the new gates will deter fare evaders. She believes that preventing fare evasion will also help reduce crime on their system, as many criminals use public transportation to commit crimes.

SEPTA officials are optimistic about the impact of the new gates, noting that crime has already decreased by 42% compared to last year. Riders are hopeful that this trend will continue, with many feeling safer during their commute because of the new security measures. The pilot project cost $1 million to implement, with plans to add gates at five or six other stations for subways and trolleys.

While these measures may not completely eliminate fare evasion, they will certainly make it much harder for riders to cheat the system. Riders who do not pay their fare on SEPTA may face consequences as the agency cracks down on fare evasion. However, even with these measures in place, it is important for riders to remember that paying their fares is not only their responsibility but also helps support public transportation for everyone else who uses it daily.

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