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

In an effort to reduce fare evasion and increase safety on their system, SEPTA is implementing new measures including 3-D gates and real-time technology at several stations. The pilot program, which began at the 69th Street station in Upper Darby, has been successful in detecting fare evaders and notifying SEPTA police in real-time.

SEPTA CEO Leslie Richards emphasized the importance of paying for rides on their system and how the new gates will deter fare evaders. The agency believes that preventing fare evasion will also help reduce crime on their system.

Crime has already decreased by 42% compared to last year, with riders feeling safer during their commute because of the new security measures. Although the new gates will not completely eliminate fare evasion, SEPTA plans to expand the program to more stations if successful. The pilot project cost $1 million to implement, with plans to add gates at five or six other stations for subways and trolleys.

Riders who do not pay their fare on SEPTA may face consequences as the agency cracks down on fare evasion. However, many riders are hopeful that this trend will continue and that they will feel safer during their commute due to the new security measures.

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