March 13, 2014

Will high-tech transit fares leave too many riders behind?

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — An Atlantic Cities article questions whether the proliferation of high-tech fares, such as a new mobile ticketing app to be launched by NICE, Nassau County, N.Y.'s transit bus system, will make the system less accessible to people who don't have access to the Internet or smartphones.

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  • Ned Einstein[ March 13th, 2014 @ 1:37pm ]

    I'm in the transportation field (actually at the top of it in my area), and I won't even use buses anymore because of the over-digitalization of the system. NYC recently introduced a system whereby one must buy coupons from a vending machine with your Metrocard to ostensibly speed up boarding (perhaps by a few nanoseconds at the expense of the passengers wasting time with another intermediate vending experience). When I first learned about, I missed the bus (while I was purchasing my coupon). So I now don't even consider buses in my travel arsenal. The industry will lose more revenue in ridership than it used to cost to pay cashiers to hand-count dollar bills and coins, and monitor them. Keep geeking up the system with more egghead technology, and you'll find both your transit-dependent riders and choice riders like myself (who can afford taxicabs) leaving public transportation in droves.) Wise up, planning clowns. You would be far better off going back to cash. When was the last time Bill Gates rode a bus? Ned Einstein

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