Look out. People may just start gyping Charlotte’s Lynx system. It seems they have some sort of honor system that will be policed by the occasional ticket checker (according to this article):
Smith said he wasn’t sure what to do with his ticket once he bought it. “In other cities like Chicago, Boston, there are turn styles you pass through so you get on. I was kind of confused how I would get on, how they would make sure I would pay.”
We’re told there will be random ticket checkers on trains, but we didn’t actually see any. If you get caught without a ticket you’ll get kicked off and pay a $50 fine.
OK, let’s see: If you pay $1.30 per trip, that’s $2.60 per day for the average commuter. Now, if you figure you’d get checked once a month (and slapped with a $50 fine), it’s still worth it for commuters to try, since you’ll pay $52 per month otherwise. I imagine people will ride it and see what frequency they get checked. If it’s less frequently than once per month, they may just start gyping it. (Nevermind that if they had to pay full market cost of their ride, they’d be paying orders of magnitude more.) Still, I’m just saying…
(Update: MeckDeck on ridership blues and one commuter’s choices.)