Ticket inspector looks at a sequence of images showing fare evaders on Awaait's video analytics app (note: the scenes in the app are a simulation played by actors)

The role of Deep Learning Video Analytics for reducing fare evasion in public transport
Transport managers can draw more value from their video surveillance networks by employing intelligent Video Analytics using AI and Deep Learning

Making better use the existing video networks Overcoming the challenge of manually analyzing video feeds from security cameras is one of the biggest tasks for companies and organizations that use video surveillance networks on their premises. Each surveillance network can include a number of cameras that generate a high volume of video data. This...

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Fare evasion impact in Washington D.C.
New system upgrades aim to provide more accurate ridership data on subway and bus routes as fare evasion rates increase

Fare evasion is a global problem that manifests in the US as much as it does in other parts of the world. The capital Washington D.C. ranks third in the country for the financial impact caused by fare evasion, after Massachusetts’ Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In 2019,...

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Fare inspections to resume on Toronto’s public transport
After a two-month pause during the pandemic, fare inspectors will gradually resume their normal duties this summer

TTC – short for Toronto Transit Authority, announced that fare inspectors will gradually resume activity on its premises and vehicles. During June, they will board vehicles once again to ‘remind customers to pay their fare’. They will be placed at key surface transfer points to ‘observe and educate customers and to make sure they...

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Fare evasion rates during the pandemic
Data from an ongoing study reveals that fare evasion rates might increase post-lockdown unless preventive measures are taken in time

The past months have been a real challenge for public transport: Covid-19 killed numerous transit workers, ridership plummeted to record levels, and revenues from fare collection dropped massively. Fare evasion is therefore one of the smallest problems for transit at the moment, but is it one to be completely ignored? Our findings indicate not,...

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Safety in public transport: social distancing vs face masks
Social distancing is much harder to implement post-lockdown than asking passengers to wear face masks yet it is regarded by the majority of authorities as a key measure in stopping Covid19

Authorities and public transit organisations have yet to agree on the best way forward to revive public transport while ensuring safety from Covid-19. So far it looks like most decision makers consent on the measure of wearing face masks. These are now obligatory in public transport in countries like Germany, China, and Spain. However,...

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Mobility apps reveal user public transit data during Covid-19
Moovit, Citymapper, Transit, Apple and Google confirm similar trends albeit with some variations

Demand for public transport fell to record lows in the past months as the Coronavirus swept through communities around the world. Ridership fell from 65% to less than 10% of normal capacity, and transit organisations adapted their schedules and service frequency to reflect demand. We looked at the data from several urban mobility apps...

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Face masks: how effective against Covid-19 in public transport?
As authorities start to ease restrictions people are asked to wear masks in public places to minimise the risk of spreading the virus

Public transport travel has changed dramatically since the outbreak of coronavirus. Operators are confronted with staff deaths and infections, massive drops in ridership, and some companies require bailout money to keep service running. Several countries have introduced new rules for travelling in public transport in order to limit the spread of the disease. One...

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Public transport use changes during Covid-19 in Barcelona
Ridership is down by an average 90% in Barcelona and surroundings in the past month

Travelling by public transport in Barcelona is restricted to essential journeys only as the region maintains Covid-19 restrictions. For more than a month, transit agencies use their communications budgets urging people to stay at home. Ridership declined as much as 95% on some days. During the two-week period of total lockdown between March 30...

4 ways public transport changed during Covid-19
Safety and plummeting revenue are the main concerns for transit operators as most authorities continue enforcing restrictions

With more than one month in since the Covid-19 outbreak outside China, governments around the world continue the fight to contain the spread of the virus. People are told to stay at home and avoid travelling unless strictly necessary, although in the past days we have seen stories of several countries starting to ease...

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Covid-19: Brussels adjusts public transport service
Rides for critical workers are ensured as non-essential lines run less frequently or are temporarily suspended

Public transport operators in Brussels run services according to a modified schedule to reflect the demand during the Covid-19 outbreak. STIB-MIVB, The Brussels Inter-communal Transport Company has temporarily suspended or reduced frequency on non-essential bus, tram and metro lines throughout the city. It announced that it pays particular attention to peak times when the...

Trainsfare is an initiative aimed to raise awareness about the global issue of fare evasion in public transport.
We publish articles regularly on the topics of fare evasion, ticketing, public transport finance, technology, and security. Our articles are sourced from media releases by transit operators and from trusted news sources and publications.
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