This paper reviews a study performed by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority on the feasibility of a no-barrier fare-collection system and discusses the potential of this self-service concept in the United States. No-barrier fare collection (often referred to as self-service or automatic) is widely used in Western and Eastern Europe to handle fare-collection requirements. It is not used anywhere in North America, and good information on European experience with it is sparse at best. The assumption that cheating would be rampant in the United States if this concept were employed has unrealistically dominated discussions of it and overwhelmed any rational analysis of its benefits. This study found no large propensity to defraud; it estimated that 3 to 5 percent of daily passengers could be expected to evade fares. This figure is larger than that found in European cities, but can nevertheless easily be handled. The no-barrier fare-collection concept thus appears to have a good potential in the United States, particularly for certain applications. One of these is for integrated bus-rail systems using zone fare structures and another is for light rail systems.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 21-26
  • Monograph Title: Transit facility operations
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  • Accession Number: 00159599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025907
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1981 12:00AM