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Er, oops. Let's try that again, shall we? Boston's Orange Line went to single-person operation in the past year. They installed mirrors and monitors at the end of every platform to help the driver see the entire train. This was not accompanied by an increase in frequency, however; it was done as a cost-saving measure. I'm confused by anonymouse's comment, as it's impossible to walk between cars on the Green Line; they're light rail vehicles with no end doors. The Green Line runs in subway downtown, with faregated stations, but at surface stops, if you board at the back door you're expected to come up front to pay; I don't know if anyone actually does. Some stations have people on the platform at peak hours to do fare validation. A card reader at the back door plus roving fare inspectors would make the whole business much more efficient.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2011 on that second on-board employee at Human Transit
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