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Before there were fare boxes-

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Jerusalem Avenue and Mid-Island Transit had a cash register on the bus. It looked like this

 

Anker Cash Register - Vintage | eBay

 

except there was no cash drawer. The driver hung a coin changer from the register. You told the operator your destination and he would enter the "FROM" zone code, the "TO" zone code, the fare and punch the big button on the right to record the sale. The register delivered a receipt from the top which was given to the passenger. It was supposed to be returned when the passenger got off to prove payment.

 

What regulatory process did the companies follow to raise fares? Who did they petition to increase fares?:confused:

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Was it possible to transfer to the subway with this old system?

 

No. The subway was operated by the city and county buses operated by private companies. Sometimes, the cash registers didn't dispense the paper receipt because there wasn't paper. The most important purpose was to record the fare. Of course, this could lead to cheating the company, i.e. taking money without ringing up the correct fare.:)

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