EVALUATION OF STATION FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM IN USE AT KEW GARDENS AND FORREST HILLS STATIONS OF THE LONG ISLAND RAILROAD

The Kew Gardens--Forest Hills experiment was based upon an automatic fare collection system using a variety of tickets (single fares, ten-rides, monthly commutation, etc.) between two fixed locations. To each a practical level of completeness, exit as well as entrance equipment was necessary, and was one of several elements which made possible the elimination of on-train ticket checking and thus made possible the first step in reducing cost of operation. The equipment records the station of entry on prepaid station-to-station magnetically coded tickets, and erases the correct increment of fare at the station of exit. On single-ride tickets, or on multiple-ride tickets which are used up, the exit equipment also captures the ticket. The most encouraging anti-vandalism factor regarding the automatic fare collection gates is that the reading and gate-actuating equipment contains nothing of value to the vandal; collection of money will take place in vending machines which can be built into solid walls and which will provide a greater degree of security than is possible in turnstiles or passenger gates. Questionnaires and telephone and personal interview forms used in public response surveys, comments by passengers, passenger count analysis, a report to technical evaluation committee, and brochures of June and December 1964, concerning the station fare collection equipment, are included in an appendix to the report.

  • Corporate Authors:

    De Leuw, Cather and Company

    Denver, CO  USA 
  • Publication Date: 1965-9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044185
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM