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Should MTA, NICE and Bee-Line introduce All-Door Boarding?

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I was watching video from SFMTA about All Door Boarding and that got me thinking should MTA, Veolia NICE and Westchester County Bee-Line Bus Should Introduce All Door Boarding on busiest bus routes to speed up bus service if MTA replaces MetroCard with Smart Card?

 

Example:

 

 

Maybe, MTA, LibertyLine Inc. and Veolia could install SmartCard readers on rear/center doors of MTA, Bee-Line and NICE and upgraded their farebox to replace MetroCard with SmartCard.

 

Will this speed up boarding progress?

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Not with the people in the area, this will create more revenue losses and there will need to be more personnel around to prevent fare beatings. I think the Metro-Card system works perfectly for now, as for SmartCards, it should be the same as the Metro-Card system but without inserting the Card, but tapping the Card instead.

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Unless it is SBS, it will not work. That will make it so much easier for farebeaters to get on.

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These types of payment systems are only successful (in terms of turn over from intial cost) if placed on a high volume route. The concept is, board the passengers faster, which allows for a higher average speed, and thus allows for a higher frequency of buses.

 

If you really think about loading and discharging patterns on the Bee-Line, the majority of passengers board in lower Westchester and discharge slowly while travelling to White Plains or discharge all at once at Subway stations. The only route I see benefiting from this would be the 20. This idea was once on the table, but there wasn't any money on the table to see this through.

 

I mean, SBS from the MTA seems to be doing fine, but they've been touting a 17% decrease of the average commuter travel time on those routes. Is 17% really worth the headache? I guess 17% sounds better than saying 2.3 minute less, haha.

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