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Who (badly) designed the transit fare gates?

I had heard some unsettling reports about transit fare gates. One said they aren’t going to prevent fare cheating. Another said one can crawl under them. Or, even jump over them.

I went by the Surrey Central SkyTrain station this morning to see for myself. All the reports I had heard are true. What I saw is beyond belief.

These fare gates are like a lock is to an honest person. Who are the nincompoops who approved this design?

This is total incompetence. The only thing good I can say about them is the aesthetics – like they were designed in France.

I could slide right by on either side of the gates, as there is a big space between the gate and the pillar. Maybe plexiglass needs to go in there.

Regarding people crawling under them – there is a 14-inch clearance. The gate height is under four feet. This is incredible incompetence. How could they approve such madness?

Why is TransLink so incompetent? The government constantly reminds us that they have to pay top dollars to hire competent help, and they are all very well paid – maybe too well.

 

Dave Bains, Surrey

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