A big announcement today: faregates and electronic Smartcards will be coming to SkyTrain
, with installation to begin in spring 2010 (Timeline is probably longer than this, so spring 2010 isn’t really a useful deadline right now).
It’s a $100 million joint project funded by us, the federal government, and the province. The federal government is pledging $30 million and the province $40 million for the faregates. TransLink has already committed $30 million for the Smartcard program, which we’ve been working on for a few years now.
Check out the full press release from the federal and provincial governments for more info.
You can also see our press release, which talks about how this project comes at an opportune time. Here’s a quote:
The announcement today of federal and provincial funding for fare gates on SkyTrain will allow their installation at a time that will best complement other major improvements on the system. According to CEO Tom Prendergast, timing the rollout of fare gates with TransLink’s introduction of a ‘Smart Card’ fare payment system on public transit as well as with major Expo Line station renovations is by far the most efficient way to get the gates in place.