Transit police not the answer

We should do everything we can to lure multi-zone travellers onto public transit and out of the driver’s seat.

Re: “Transit cards can’t stop cheaters,” The Leader, Oct. 17.

Rather than sending out hordes of transit police, at far greater cost than the money “lost” to thwart those who would go a longer distance on transit than they’ve paid for, or devising a system “based on kilometres travelled” to try and ensure people travel on public transit as short a distance and as infrequently as possible, we should do everything we can to lure multi-zone travellers onto public transit and out of the driver’s seat.

This would be an enormous financial, environmental and health benefit to us all.

This can be easily achieved by making every Compass card good for as many zones as you want, any time of day or night, and raising the price so the system makes the same amount.

More commuters will use transit – which should be the point – and revenues will rise accordingly.


Don DeMille, Delta

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