There seems to be plenty of money for fare-gates to be retrofitted to all SkyTrain Stations, which will do little if anything to make the metro safer or deter fare evasion, yet there is no money station gates (like we have with SeaBus) which are proven to prevent egress onto metro track. It seems what is mandated in other countries is ignored here. Just as reminder, in the EEC automatic metros, by law, must have platform gates.
I guess Mr. Dobel’s fare-gates are more important than true public safety.
Money too tight for barriers to be installed at SkyTrain Stations
Man fell on the tracks Sunday
Jim Goddard Jan 25, 2010
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Don’t expect to see barriers set up at SkyTrain Station platforms to keep people from falling or jumping on the tracks. Sunday, a man at the Metrotown Station accidentally stumbled over the edge and fell on the rails below, suffering head injuries. His condition isn’t known.
TransLink’s Drew Snider says they can’t install platform barriers because two different kinds of SkyTrain cars are used and their doors would not match up with the barrier gates. “Also, it’s just a matter of having retrofit it, the amount of cost versus the frequency that this happens. It’s extremely rare anything like this happens.”
Snider adds TransLink’s tight budget doesn’t leave room for costly barriers. More than 30 cities in Europe and Asia have what are called ‘platform screens,’ including Tokyo, London, Beijing, Paris and Barcelona.