Monday, January 01, 2007
Good Luck 'D' Line riders - T introduces new "easy" boarding
I decided to take a ride on the D line this afternoon to see how the new changes under the CharlieCard were working out.The new fare sheds along the line are open and in a surprise they are all manned with Customer Service Agents. Each shed has 2 or 3 CharlieTicket vending machines and 1 or 2 "validators".
The trains are opening all doors inbound and outbound and if you get on at the middle or end the driver tells you to come to the front to pay or show proof that you paid. That is where the validator comes into play.
I have a monthly pass and the validator issued a CharlieTicket good for 1 ride and a 90 minute time limit. But it doesn't work in the farebox it is just meant to show that you have paid. But the T for some inane reason has added another level to this. When you show the driver your proof stub they then issue you ANOTHER piece of paper that also shows you paid.
Along with the CSA's at each stop there were also fare inspectors watching the outbound platform. They are outfitted with a card target reader on their wrist that will also let you pay before you get on the train and they also issue the proof of payment voucher.
Today being New Year's Day ridership was low. But tomorrow (Jan 2) the first workday under this could be interesting.
I also checked out the C line outbound and there were fare inspectors all along the route.