It’s been smooth sailing so far for one SkyTrain station.
It’s a change, but so far, things are moving well at the SkyTrain station at Lougheed Town Centre.
All fare gates are closed, and a TransLink employee is staffing the accessible fare gate.
By week’s end, this will be the scene at all Metro Vancouver SkyTrain stations during peak rush hour.
As bus after bus arrives at the station, a crowd of people smoothly taps in, as they enter the fare paid zone.
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Are we ready?
“The system is working and we’re confident and ready for gate closures on Monday.”
That was Jennifer Morland from TransLink following fare gate malfunctions last Friday that affected all SkyTrain stations.
However, CKNW was at Granville station Sunday afternoon, and in a 30-minute period, 68 out of 220 people didn’t bother to tap in.
With the countdown now on to permanent gate closure, Vancouverites at the station expressed mixed feelings about it.
“I think it possibly could back things up, if two trains come in at the same time, because it takes a while to get through.”
“I think it’s a good idea so that people can’t sneak on to the train without paying for their ticket.”
“It’s a bit of a bad idea, it creates unnecessary lineups.”
“I think it’s good because a lot of people, even people that I know they don’t pay at all so I guess that’s a good way of ensuring it.”
Transit users can also transfer the value from FareSaver tickets onto a Compass card, but only at the Compass Customer Service Centre at Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain Station.
That has prompted long lines all week, as people came down to try and load their Compass Cards ahead of the April 4th deadline.
Jan Hyslop, who queued up last Tuesday to make the exchange, said she was surprised by the crowds. “I didn’t think the line would be this long… They’re not open on weekends, which really sucks.”
WATCH: Transit Users line up last week to transfer FareSavers onto their Compass cards
The gates will begin closing despite the fact TransLink has yet to develop a long term solution to the problem of its accessibility gates.
For the time being, TransLink says an attendant will be at every station during peak periods to assist disabled passengers who need to get through the fare gates, while during off-peak hours, one fare gate will be left open.
Jane Dyson with Disability Alliance of BC says she’s “cautiously optimistic” but she is concerned after Friday’s gate problems.
“We need to be sure on an ongoing basis that the system is accessible for people with disabilities and seniors.”
She says the fare gate oversight is disappointing, since TransLink has generally done a good job when it comes to accessibility.
“TransLink to its credit has developed a very accessible system, so those folks who are able to do that now were very concerned that the independence that they had was going to be diminished by these fare gates.”
Dyson says they will be monitoring closely to see if the temporary solution works.