January 13, 2016
TransLink has run into problems trying to accommodate disabled people on SkyTrain now that the compass card system is coming online.
This means at least one of the fare gates will be open for the foreseeable future.
In order to tap in and out and open the fare gate, you’re going to need to be able to use your hands, but not everyone has use of their limbs.
The disability gate at stations will be open until TransLink can figure out how to get around this and keep the system usable for everyone.
Merrilee Ashowrth with TransLink’s Access Transit program isn’t able to say what the solution might be or when the gates could finally close.
“We’re committed to getting it right, which is why we’re rolling out and taking a phased approach with the roll out of compass and that includes the gate closures.”
Handydart busses are not compass compatible and riders will be buying faresavers from drivers for the time being.
Problems accommodating the disabled could be delaying a full roll out of the compass card system, at least one fare gate will stay open until the issue can be resolved.
Well once againg when it comes to TRANSLINK we can only shake our heads and say "You can't make this S#%T Up!"
The roll out of the Compasds Card system on the Lower Mainland's transit system has been rife with missteps since its inception last year. If you have had occasion to travel throuogh a Skytrain or Canada LIne station you will have seen the new high tech fare gates. It is only a matter of time before roaming gangs of drunken punks explode these plastic swinging bar room type barriers into a million pieces.