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Thursday, January 03, 2019

Metrolink Southern California ticket works for free local transit on most area transit systems

Metrolink rail ticket, Southern California, there is a chip/QR code embedded in the ticket, allowing it to be scanned for free local transit on most area systems

There is a chip/QR code embedded in the ticket, allowing it to be scanned for free local transit on most area systems in the participating counties in the Metrolink system, including LA's rail system.

In London, the London Overground railroad passenger system is integrated fare-wise with the London Underground subway system so that both systems count towards the daily £7 cap on fare costs. That makes for £210/month for unlimited rail transit. Bus costs extra. But the Travelcard is a bit more expensive, but includes bus and tram services too.

In the DC area, there is no integrated fare media system for local transit and regional railroad passenger service.

-- "One big idea: Getting MARC and Metrorail to integrate fares, stations, and marketing systems, using London Overground as an example," 2015
-- "The answer is: Create a single multi-state/regional multi-modal transit planning, management, and operations authority association," 2017

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At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Alex B. said...

Fare media and fare policy are not the same thing.

The fare policy here is one that allows free transfers from Metrolink to other transit. That policy was already in place before these new RFID tickets - it did not require the new technology.

Fare media technology can make these things easier, but the policy agreement (essentially an agreement about how to share revenue) is the most important thing.

At 1:13 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

I know that, of course. But this shows a way to do the integration, treat it as a pass, as a way comparable to the Oyster card. It's a pretty nifty way to do it.

I have written about the difference between transit as a conveyance and transit as a utility and how it shapes policy (especially with the German Verkehrsverbund model) extensively.

And made the exact same point as you in a blog entry, about criticism of the fare media update process in Greater SF. Where yes, advocates blamed the fare media system for problems derived from fare policy.

Still, thanks for careful reading and pointing out gaps when they exist in my argumentation. Best wishes for the new year.

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