OPTIMUM FARE - COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR RAIL COMMUTER LINE SERVING THE METROPOLITAN PHILADELPHIA AREA - VOLUME II RESEARCH REPORT

FOUR DISTINCT PHASES OF RESEARCH ACTIVITIES WERE CONDUCTED. PHASE I COVERED THE STUDY AND DOCUMENTATION OF BOTH THE PENNSYLVANIA AND READING COMMUTER RAIL SYSTEMS: THEIR PRESENT OPERATIONS, PHYSICAL PLANT, AND FARE COLLECTION SYSTEMS. THE SECOND PORTION OF THE RESEARCH ENTAILED THE SPECIFICATION AND REVIEW OF POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE FARE COLLECTION SYSTEMS RANGING FROM COMPLETELY MANUAL TO FULLY AUTOMATED SYSTEMS. PHASE III OF THE RESEARCH WAS BASED UPON THE FIRST TWO PHASES AND INCLUDED A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PRESENT FARE COLLECTION SYSTEM AND OF SELECTED POTENTIAL FARE COLLECTION SYSTEMS. THE FOURTH PHASE DETAILED THE SPECIFICATIONS OF THE SYSTEM TO BE RECOMMENDED, INCLUDING JUSTIFICATIONS FOR IT AND POSSIBLE METHODS OF IMPLEMENTATION. NO REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM OF ANY KIND WILL OPEN THE DOOR TO IMMEDIATE, LARGE OPERATING SAVINGS. MOST AUTOMATED SYSTEMS WILL, HOWEVER, PERMIT HANDLING FUTURE TRAFFIC INCREASES WITH ONLY MINOR INCREASES IN COST. THE OPERATION OF AN EFFECTIVE REVENUE COLLECTION SYSTEM CAN OPEN THE DOOR TO POSSIBLE SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS WHICH WOULD, OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, LEAD TO THE GENERATION OF INCREASED TRAFFIC AND REVENUES. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY, IN CONJUNCTION WITH READING AND PENNSYLVANIA RAILROADS, ENACT A DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMPARING THE EFFICIENCY OF THE SIMPLIFIED ZONE SYSTEM USING MANUALLY CONTROLLED GATES TO THAT USING AUTOMATICALLY CONTROLLED GATES. /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: 00241885
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 17 1981 12:00AM