OPTIMUM FARE-COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR RAIL COMMUTER LINE SERVING THE METROPOLITAN PHILADELPHIA AREA; VOLUME I, MANAGEMENT SUMMARY

THE RESEARCH APPROACH, OBJECTIVES, AND THE RESEARCH PHILOSOPHY IN RELATION TO FARE-COLLECTION SYSTEMS ARE DESCRIBED. THE CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING ALTERNATE FARE- COLLECTION SYSTEMS, A SUMMARY DISCUSSION OF ALTERNATE FARE- COLLECTION SYSTEMS, AND THE RECOMMENDED SYSTEM - A SIMPLIFIED ZONE FARE-COLLECTION SYSTEM - AS WELL AS A PROGRAM FOR IMPLEMENTATION ARE COVERED. THE FARE-COLLECTION SYSTEM RECOMMENDED FOR THE READING AND PENNSYLVANIA COMMUTER SERVICES IN PHILADELPHIA IS BASED ON SIMPLIFYING THE EXISTING ZONE STRUCTURE, RECUDING THE NUMBER OF TICKET CLASSES USED, AND ESTABLISHING MORE EFFICIENT METHODS OF TICKET COLLECTION WITHIN THE HIGH-DENSITY TRAFFIC AREAS AND DURING PEAK HOURS. THIS SYSTEM CAN BE INSTALLED WITHOUT HIGH CAPITAL INVESTMENT, EITHER IN FARE-COLLECTION EQUIPMENT OR IN MAJOR PHYSICAL MODIFICATIONS TO STATIONS. THE MOST IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF THIS FARE-COLLECTION SYSTEM WILL BE ON THE NUMBER OF SWING-CREW ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR PEAK-HOUR, HEAVILY USED TRANSIT. THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SWING-CREWS WILL ULTIMATELY BE REDUCED, AND THESE CREWS WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE FOR ASSIGNMENT TO OTHER WORK. THE LONG-RANGE EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED SYSTEM ARE BASED ON ITS INHERENT FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMODATE CHANGES IN TRAIN SCHEDULES, ROUTINGS, AND SERVICE PATTERNS LEADING TO IMPROVED COMMUTER SCHEDULES AND OPERATIONS. IN ADDITION, THE FARE-COLLECTION CAN BE MECHANIZED IN INCREMENTS OVER TIME AS DICTATED BY PASSENGER VOLUMES. /UMTA/

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

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus, OH  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1966-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00241884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1973 12:00AM