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SEPTA implements new gate system to prevent fare evaders from boarding – NBC10 Philadelphia

SEPTA is cracking down on fare evaders by implementing new gates and 3-D technology to replace the turnstiles that have been easily bypassed by some riders in the past. The pilot program began with the installation of gates at 69th Street in Upper Darby, which are the first of their kind in the U.S., using 3-D technology to detect fare evaders and notify SEPTA police in real-time.

The new measures come as fare evasion has cost the transit agency millions of dollars in revenue each year, but officials are hopeful that this will put an end to this problem. SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie Richards emphasized the importance of paying to ride on SEPTA and how the new gates will deter fare evaders, adding that preventing crime on their system will also help reduce it.

The impact of these new gates has already been seen as crime has decreased by 42% compared to last year. Riders are hopeful that this trend will continue, feeling safer during their commute because of the new security measures. Although they may not completely eliminate fare evasion, SEPTA plans to expand the program if successful, with plans to add gates at five or six other stations for subways and trolleys. Riders who do not pay their fare on SEPTA may face consequences as the agency cracks down on fare evasion.

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