New Metro fare gates raise concerns about accessibility

Metro’s new fare gates set to start rolling out next year include changes the agency hopes will help address a key priority: cutting down on people skipping out on paying fares.

Under a contract awarded last month, pilot testing of the new gates is due to start in November 2020, with rollout across the rail system beginning in January 2021.

The new fare gates require communication and power upgrades at stations, which have pushed the timeline back somewhat.

SmarTrip cards will continue, and Metro hopes to include cellphone-based payment, too.

Designs involved close coordination with Metro Transit Police, Metro Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader said. Among the changes from the current system: Fare gates and adjacent railings would be harder to jump over, and would not stay open for as long in order to prevent one person from
following directly behind someone who tapped their…

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