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


Apr 4, 2024

SEPTA is cracking down on fare evaders by introducing new gates and 3-D technology to replace the turnstiles that have allowed riders to avoid paying the $2.50 fare. Fare evaders have cost the transit agency $30 to $40 million in revenue each year, but with the new gates, officials hope to decrease this loss.

According to SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie Richards, it is essential for people to pay their fare to ride on SEPTA. A pilot program at 69th Street in Upper Darby has been launched to install 20 new gates for riders traveling on the Market-Frankford Line and the Norristown High-Speed Line by the end of the month. If successful, more gates could be installed at other stations as well.

These new gates, the first of their kind in the United States, contain 3-D technology that can detect fare evaders and send the data to SEPTA police dispatch in real-time. SEPTA’s cameras will also capture images of the person attempting to evade the fare. The agency believes that these new gates and technology will help prevent serious crimes from occurring on SEPTA.

SEPTA Transit Police Department Chief Chuck Lawson 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 to decrease with the introduction of the new gates.

Although the new gates will not stop everyone from evading fares, 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 to improve safety and reduce revenue loss.

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