PATCO'S EXPERIENCE WITH UNMANNED STATIONS AND AN AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM

PORT AUTHORITY TRANSIT CORPORATION (PATCO), THE OPERATOR OF THE LINDENWOLD HI-SPEED LINE, IS THE FIRST TRANSIT CORPORATION TO USE AN AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM WITH UNATTENDED STATIONS. LATER ROVING ATTENDANTS WERE ADDED TO CHECK ON MALFUNCTIONING EQUIPMENT, ETC. THE SYSTEM FOR EACH STATION CONSISTS OF (1) AN ENTRY EXIT GATE THAT MAGNETICALLY READS ENCODED TICKETS, (2) A MECHANICAL TICKET VENDOR, (3) A CHANGEMAKER, (4) A TRANSFER TICKET VENDING MACHINE, (5) A TRANSFER VALIDATOR FOR RETURN TRIP TICKETS, (6) A CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, (7) A CALL-FOR-AID TELEPHONE, AND (8) A SEPARATE ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE. IN ADDITION, PATCO HAS ITS OWN POLICE FORCE WITH THE POWER TO ARREST IN BOTH PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY; PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED FOR VANDALISM, FARE EVASION, DISORDERLY CONDUCT, AND OTHER MORE SERIOUS OFFENSES.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Transit Association

    350 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY  USA  10017
  • Authors:
    • Vigrass, V W
  • Publication Date: 1972-4-13

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241708
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 17 1972 12:00AM