Saturday, January 28, 2012


Well I guess they do have transparency when it comes to their bus GPS data. Not that that actually means much in terms of what the word TRANSPARENCY is supposed to mean. They are the leader in this sort of technology, but the lagger in the technology that helps secure stations and pay/enforce fares. Which is more important? I say the latter.
Transit transparency: Open data in action ~ Policy by the Numbers


Jason McHuff said...

Proof of payment is standard practice on United States light rail systems.

And it can be even better that just fare gates (not saying TriMet meets this): with fare gates, you can jump them (or even pay a single fare) and be home free and possibly stay on the system as long as you like. But with proof of payment you're subject to, at any time, being interrogated by a fare inspector to see if you have paid. It gives a reason to put oversight on the system and actively check on riders.

Al M said...

there should always be oversight on the system, and a gated entry before you enter.

What does this have to do with the post?

Jason McHuff said...

The comment about securing stations.

Also, what would you propose for e.g. downtown Portland where the stations are a part of the (modest) sidewalk and people and step up from the street?

Al M said...