Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Proof of Payment (POP) improving on the D Line
New signs have apperared on the Green Line's D Branch that now are making it clear that passengers have to pay going outbound. I've noticed CSA's (Customer Service Agents) instructing passengers on how to use the validators located at each D line stop and for the past 2 days fare inspectors have been checking passes and tickets with the new portable card readers. Passengers seem to be adjusting to the new system and the D line seems to be well set up for the new system.
For riders on the B, C and E however things are not going as smoothly. Those lines do not have validators at each stop and it doesn't appear there are any plans to do so. I have seen fare inspectors at hot spots on the B line such as Harvard and Commonwealth but for the most part passengers boarding in the middle and rear have to come to the driver to present payment.
The true test on the B and C lines will be next week when students at Boston University and Boston College return and find out that the free outbound rides no longer exist. One thing the T seems to have changed is that the #57 Watertown bus is now picking up local passengers on Commonwealth between Kenmore and Packard's Corner which is a change on that route. The T maybe trying to have BU students take the bus instead of the trolley.
Please let us know your POP experiences.