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Forcing duplicate fares is unfair
It is difficult to understand why, when the Compass cards are implemented, people who pay cash fares will have to pay a second fare to transfer from a bus to a SkyTrain.
In the current system, someone coming off a bus can use their transfer as proof of purchase on the train. If travelling two or three zones, they can buy an add-fare from any station ticket machine, exchanging a one-zone ticket or transfer for a new two- or three-zone transfer.
Why is it not possible to have fare machines accept a bus transfer, like they do now, and dispense the
new proof of purchase item, whatever form it may be? This is a simple exchange: put in a transfer, tell
the machine how many zones, pay the add-fare, and get a new fare gate-compatible transfer/card/token. Even if you’re travelling only one zone, the machines should be able to read the transfer and dispense a substitute.
If it would cost too much to reconfigure all the fare machines, altering one at each SkyTrain station would make it possible for people to travel throughout
the transit system without paying duplicate fares.
Forcing duplicate fares is simply unfair, discriminates against people who cannot afford a compass card and will discourage occasional users. More than anything though, this lack of ability to make the system work sends the message that someone really isn’t that interested in designing an effective transit system.