>This made me crack up. Also, mucho transit data

>Some train systems in Japan have Oshiya, or “Pushers” to “help” people onto the train.

I want to know what it looks like 1) inside the train and 2) at the other end of the line.

Usually when I get on the train it’s not too bad, occasionally I have to be kind of a jerk and ask people to move toward the middle of the car so people on the platform can get on. We don’t have any “pushers” on metro, though.

In other news, I found the data I was looking for:

TRB paper on fare policy

Careful, that’s a 294-page PDF. It’s chock full of interesting facts about transit system fare policy and technology, like the percentage of systems that have monthly passes (75% of “heavy rail” or subway systems) or the average recovery ratio* among systems that have either a requirement (about 1/3 of heavy rail systems, average 43% recovery required) or a goal (another 1/3 of heavy rail, 51% recovery goal). Those recovery ratios for heavy rail are about half of WMATA’s rail recovery of 80%. It’s a little out of date (2000) for WMATA, since they’ve eliminated the 10% bonus and haven’t talked about “fair fare”** since then, even though it’s mentioned more than twice in the paper. Still, if you’ve got a beer, it’s a good read if you’re a transit geek.


*”Recovery Ratio” is the percentage of operating costs paid for by fares, parking fees and other rider charges. For Metrorail this is just under 80%, for Metrobus it’s about 25% and for Metroaccess it’s less than 10%.

**”Fair Fare” was an innovative idea to have automatic retroactive purchase of passes. If you ride a lot in a day, the system will charge you only the price of a day pass once you reach that level, similar for weekly or monthly passes. It probably disappeared because WMATA can’t afford to have any more ridership, especially if it also reduces revenue.


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I'm an engineer and father interested in transit, parking and economics.
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