TransLink’s CEO – Kevin Desmond – says the transit authority is on schedule to implement its long-term solution for disability fare gates.
It was an issue that sparked controversy last spring: TransLink closed its fare gates, but for people with a disability, some couldn’t tap their Compass Cards to get through.
Kevin Desmond says passengers should expect a wireless solution by the end of the year.
“We’re in a design phase working with a vendor. We have to get a proof of concept from a supplier. The concept we have is actually not linked to the compass system itself. It’s actually a stand-aside. ”
Desmond says the system would allow a special door to detect a disabled rider and open automatically.
“It’s actually fairly straightforward. It’s just a separate RFID reader; if someone is approaching from a much greater distance, then just tapping your Compass Card, the disabled fare gate will open.”
Desmond says the project would cost between $2.5-million and $5-million.