With the introduction of MetroCards on the SIR in 1997, onboard fare collection was eliminated. All fare collection was handled at the St. George Ferry Terminal. As local ridership has grown, the overall system revenue loss is now estimated at about $3.4 million annually. As a result of a comprehensive analysis, a low turnstile, remotely monitored and controlled system was recommended for the Tompkinsville Station. As part of this project, the Hannah Street entrance/exit will be closed.
The installation of turnstiles and cameras at one of the busiest stations on the line is expected to bring in about $702,000 in annual revenue, which represents a 15-percent increase in total SIR fare revenue. The new stationhouse will also provide a much-needed sheltered waiting area for customers.
There is a closed circuit television system and customer assistance intercoms to monitor the turnstile area and provide an extra level of security for customers. The intercoms enable customers to communicate with SIR employees who can assist them.
The MetroCard Automated Fare Collection software has been modified so that customers boarding and paying at Tompkinsville can ride the one stop to St. George and swipe out, but they will still have their free transfer to use on a subway or bus when they reach Manhattan. All morning and evening peak period local trains will now stop at Stapleton and Tompkinsville stations thus increasing service to these stations.
In another story, MTA NYC Transit said that the Brighton Beach/Coney Island-bound platforms at Avenue U and Neck Road reopened following rehabilitation. The Manhattan-bound platforms at Neck Road and Avenue U closed for rehabilitation for approximately one year.