Transit scores new revenue after tackling transfer abuse

Attempts to bolster its coffers are working after BC Transit made changes to its bus transfer system in the Capital Region.

Attempts to bolster its coffers are working after BC Transit made changes to its bus transfer system in the Capital Region.

Bus transfers that were being used repeatedly and traded on the street turned out to be a more expensive problem than BC Transit originally thought. It estimated it was bilked out of about $250,000 last year due to transfer fraud.

But BC Transit is reporting almost $500,000 in new revenue after it changed the transfer system on June 27. It brought in new date-stamped paper transfers, scaled the transfer window from 90 to 60 minutes and restricted use to one-way trips.

“And remember, we’re only part way through the year,” said BC Transit president and CEO, Manuel Achadinha. “We were really able to address a lot of the fare evasion (and) conflicts (between riders and) drivers have gone down.”

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