Bus transit agencies find that an increase in fare to 80 cents triggers a significant influx in paper currency, posing problems in all areas of fare collection. Until recently fareboxces were not designed specifically to accept paper, leading to jams that require a roadcall or reduce the capacity of the farebox. Because fareboxes generally process currency more slowly than coins, dwell times can increase significantly on routes with high passenger volumes. While coins can be handled quickly and reliably by machines, processing paper currency is a largely labor-intensive and expensive operation that provides opportunities for the security of the revenue to be compromised. Transit industry solutions have focused on streamlining revenue-handling capability or reducing the amount of currency collected. Solutions include: Electronic fareboxes; installation of automated currency-processing equipment; use of contract services; bans on paper currency; subsidized low fares; fare prepayment; or postpayment. A clear-cut solution has not yet evolved. Each alternative presents a number of trade-offs. The immediate choices are to use existing fareboxes and encourage fare prepayent or to acquire the latest electronic fareboxes. The electronic farebox appears to be the long-term solution.

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    • Wood, P
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  • Publication Date: 1985-8

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  • Created Date: Nov 30 1988 12:00AM