Groups protest against fare pay­ment pol­icy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local News -

would cause him to rec­om­mend chang­ing the author­ity’s pol­icy.

The is­sue is ex­pected to come to a head early next year, when the Port Author­ity goes to cash­less fares for the light-rail sys­tem between Down­town and the South Hills.

Armed of­fi­cers will check whether all rid­ers in a light-rail ve­hi­cle or all pas­sen­gers in the des­ig­nated plat­form wait­ing area for paid pas­sen­gers have ei­ther used a pre­paid Con­nec­tCard or bought a day pass to pay their fares.

The sys­tem was ex­pected to be­gin in July, but the agency has had problems with the equip­ment that will record fare pay­ments, is­sue new Con­nec­tCards and pro­vide day passes.

Ad­di­tional equip­ment is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered this month; once it’s tested the author­ity will con­duct a two-month ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign be­fore be­gin­ning the cash­less sys­tem.

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