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MBTA commuter rail operator proposes fare gates

Keolis, which operates commuter rail service for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, wants to install fare gates at the three stations in downtown Boston.

The fare gates are part of a revenue-sharing proposal that Keolis unveiled on Monday. The plan is designed to address fare evasion, which is estimated to cost the system $35 million a year.

Under the proposal, Keolis would spend about $10 million up front and $7 million annually to build  and staff fare gates at North, South, and Back Bay stations. In return, Keolis would share fares with the MBTA for revenues above a yet-to-be determined baseline.  Keolis currently does not keep any fare revenue, which gives the operator little incentive to improve fare collection systems or increase ridership. Link to full story in The Boston Globe.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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One Response to MBTA commuter rail operator proposes fare gates

  1. Aubrey March 9, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    They should put gates at all the stations. This could be paid for by firing all the conductors

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