BART AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM, ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION REPORT

THE PURPOSE WAS TO DESCRIBE THE PROTOTYPE AUTOMATIC GRADUATED FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED FOR THE BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT (BARTD), WHICH ALSO PROVIDES FOR AN AUTOMATIC DATA ACCUMULATION TO AID MANAGEMENT IN AUDITING AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS. THE PURPOSE OF PROTOTYPING AN AUTOMATIC FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM WAS TO TEST EACH UNIT INDIVIDUALLY TO CERTIFY PERFORMANCE ACCORDING TO SPECIFICATION AND THEN COMBINE THE UNITES FOR A COMPLETE SYSTEM TEST. IN THE PROTOTYPE SYSTEM, PASSENGERS MAY PURCHASE TICKETS FROM AN AUTOMATIC VENDING MACHINE THAT SERVES BOTH SINGLE-TRIP RIDERS AND COMMUTERS, AND USE THIS TICKET TO OPEN A PASSENGER GATE WHICH PERMITS EITHER ENTRY OR EXIT FROM THE TRAIN AREA. FARES WILL VARY ACCORDING TO THE LENGTH OF A TRIP. THE PURCHASE VALUE IS ENCODED ON THE TICKET. THIS VALUE MAY RANGE FROM NOT LESS THAN 25 CENTS TO NO MORE THAN 20 DOLLARS PLUS A BONUS, DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF MONEY DEPOSITED. AFTER COMPLETING EACH TRIP, EQUIPMENT IN THE GATE WILL SUBTRACT THE CORRESPONDING FARE FOR THAT TRIP FROM THE REMAINING VALUE OF THE TICKET. THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT FOR CONSUMING THE FARE CONTAINED ON THE TICKET AND THE TICKET CAN BE USED UNTIL THE AMOUNT ENCODED IS DEPLETED TO ZERO. THE PASSENGER MAY ALSO ELECT TO PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE EXACT AMOUNT OF A ONE-WAY OR ROUND-TRIP TICKET. THIS PROTOTYPE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF AN AUTOMATIC FARE VENDING MACHINE; A FOUR-DOOR PASSENGER GATE THAT MAY BE USED FOR BOTH ENTRY OR EXIT; AND ELECTRONIC LOGIC AND CONTROL UNIT (COMPUTER) WHICH CAN CONTROL ANY COMBINATION OF SIX GATES AND FARE VENDING MACHINES AND MAY BE LOCATED IN THE STATION OR IN AN ADJACENT AREA UP TO A DISTANCE OF 1300 FEET; A MEMORY FILL UNIT WHICH IS UTILIZED IN PROGRAMMING THE ELECTRONIC LOGIC AND CONTROL UNIT; AND A TICKET GENERATOR AND TEST UNIT FOR LABORATORY USE. THE TICKET GENERATOR IS USED TO MANUALLY ENCODE TICKETS AND THE TEST UNIT IS USED AS A SUB-UNIT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ELECTRONIC LOGIC AND CONTROL UNIT. THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE DESIGNED SO THAT A TICKET MAY BE INSERTED IN EITHER DIRECTION; THE SURFACE OF THE MAGNETIC OXIDE MATERIAL SHOULD REMAIN DOWN. THE ABILITY OF THE EQUIPMENT TO ACCEPT A TICKET INSERTED IN EITHER DIRECTION WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TIMES A PASSENGER MUST RE-INSERT HIS TICKET, HELP SPEED THE PASSENGER FLOW RATE, AND REDUCE PASSENGER EMBARASSMENT. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO CAL-MTD-4
  • Corporate Authors:

    Litton Industries

    /Advanced Data Systems
    ,   United States 
  • Publication Date: 1967-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 19 1973 12:00AM