What would the conductor do in this situation?

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2015Railfan
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What would the conductor do in this situation?

Post by 2015Railfan »

What if you got on a SEPTA Regional Rail train and when the conductor asks for money or passes you didn't have either? I've always wondered this because I doubt if it happens that much.

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Re: What would the conductor do in this situation?

Post by Matthew Mitchell »

There is a procedure for this, and a form the passenger must complete to identify him/herself and send in with the proper fare. If the passenger does not comply, s/he is put off the train, with police assistance if necessary.

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Re: What would the conductor do in this situation?

Post by bigjoe714 »

This just happened to me about 2 weeks ago. I have a monthly pass, but I forgot to grab my wallet before leaving for work (Actually, I grabbed the wrong wallet). When the conductor came to me, I explained that I had a monthly pass but forgot it. He said he could not help me out and asked me to pay. I further explained that I forgot my wallet and had no money either. He asked if I had a photo ID, which I did not. He said I would need to fill out a form. He shuffled through his papers for a second, and then told me he would be back with the form. He never came back. I took this as him letting me slide but not wanting everyone around me to know he was letting me slide. I thought it was very nice of him.

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Re: What would the conductor do in this situation?

Post by AEM7AC920 »

I will say from a standpoint of working train service before if you notice you have no cash or forgot your pass you should speak to a crew member prior to boarding if possible. Reason being it takes the spotlight off the crew member when he/she asks for it on board because if you don't have anything it puts the the person in the position to either make you fill out uncollected fare report or risk being turned in by someone else for letting you slide.
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Re: What would the conductor do in this situation?

Post by bigjoe714 »

That makes sense. I honestly didn't realize it until I had already boarded. If I had realized it before I would have walked back home and taken a later train.

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