The downtown L.A. blog Angelenic takes an emotional stand in favour of bringing turnstiles to the city’s subway and light rail stations — an issue that has also been debated in Vancouver in recent memory:
Has anyone considered the new passenger gates could bring more to our transit system than financial gain? How about improved safety, order and cleanliness?
An obvious benefit is keeping out the riffraff who sleep on the trains, vandalize the interiors and don’t pay for the ride! As a daily metro customer, I’ve witnessed this first-hand repeatedly over the years. If you doubt me, try taking the Metro Red Line to North Hollywood after 9pm on a weekend. Obviously, turnstiles wouldn’t be a cure-all for these problems, but they will help thwart them.