The new Transit Police chief is asking staff for a report on the new Compass Card reader machines.
Doug Lepard says he wants to know if there can be any technological changes to make them more efficient.
He says it takes longer for the machines to read a compass card than the old way of just checking a paper ticket.
“What they found is that unlike previously when they could simply walk through a train and ask people to display their ticket, there’s actually a delay so it’s quite a bit more time consuming to use the hand-held device so I’m asking for a report back on that and see whether there are any technology improvements that can be made to make them more efficient to use.”
The other issue is the size of the units.
“They’re about the size of your tape deck there and so ya, they’re not as small as you might think and so say I’m just learning my way right now, they are a little bit bigger than I thought they would be but I guess that’s the state of the technology but technology always improves too, so we look forward to the future.”
He says for the time being Transit Police are doing “fare encouragement” but he says when officers see commuters who are clearly evading fare payment, they’ll get a ticket.