Transit Police have now finished their training and testing on the devices used to read the new Compass Cards.
Spokesperson Anne Drennan says that means they’re now checking fares.
“so while we may under certain circumstances issue tickets as a result of information we receive from the hand held units there will be times when we will not issue a ticket during this period of education and encouragement.”
Drennan says because the new units take a couple of seconds to check a Compass Card, Transit Police will be doing fare checks a little differently than in the past.
“you’ll see random checks rather than any kind of situation where we would be holding passengers up asking them as they filed past one by one so it’ll be a more random way to check fares, we think it will work for us.”
The other ‘issue’ with the hand-held readers is that the battery life is only about four hours.