Ahead of tomorrow’s TransLink AGM, it appears as though the transportation authority may have its fix for the disabled community and fare gates.
A new report to the TransLink Board of Directors is recommending both a long and short term solution.
For the short term, it’s pitching “an improved Station Assistance Service” program.
That entails anyone who can’t tap a Compass Card themselves but needs to get through either calling ahead of arrival to get someone to open the gate, or having staff monitoring by video camera opening them remotely.
That’s the short term fix; the long-term solution is using an RFID wireless field to have a special door detect a disabled rider and open automatically.
The report, however, says that’s a project that could take two years and cost between $2.5 and $5-million dollars.
Officials have until the end of July before fully closing the gates for good.