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Gates and smart cards to hike security on transit system

The honour system for using Metro Vancouver'sSkyTrain system will come to an end next year with the introduction ofaccess gates at each station.

VANCOUVER — The honour system for using Metro Vancouver's
SkyTrain system will come to an end next year with the introduction of
access gates at each station.

Commuters will have to swipe valid
transit tickets in order to enter stations or use a transit smart card
that works like a debit card that can be loaded with money to pay fares.

Premier
Gordon Campbell says the provincial and federal governments, along with
TransLink, will spend $100 million on the project to install the gates
and introduce the smart cards.

He says the project will improve safety on the transit system and reduce fare evasion.

Construction of the fare gates is expected to begin a year from now at about 49 stations.

Currently,
commuters can walk into stations without having to prove they have paid
the fare, and transit police conduct random checks for tickets.

 
 
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