A wheelchair-bound SkyTrain customer is calling on TransLink to keep one fare gate open on SkyTrain platforms.
Earlier this week, TransLink closed all gates to crack down on fare evaders.
Until Monday, gates for those with disabilities were left open at stations where an attendant wasn’t present.
Speaking to Global News, Luke Galvani says because of his condition, he can’t tap in or call ahead for assistance.
TransLink has said it would install proximity sensors that would see a gate open automatically, but that won’t be in place until 2017.
“It’s great that they have a solution that is 18 months down the road and we all know that will probably be delayed but to me, until that solution is implemented, a gate needs to stay open.”
“Fare evasion isn’t an excuse to lock an entire community out.”
In an e-mail, TransLink say they’ve been in touch with Galvani.
“We understand that this period until the sensor gates are in place is not ideal for some customers, including Luke Galvani. We have been in touch with Luke over the last few months, to keep him informed of the approach and discuss options to allow him access through the fare gates. Our Access Transit group reached out to Luke again this morning and is keen to work with him to see if we can identify a more convenient way for him to access the system until the sensor gates are installed.”