I hate ticket barriers. They prevent platform access for photography, stop people from being able to see friends and family off on journeys and generally destroy the social cohesion of a railway or transit station.
Imagine my surprise when CBC's Q started yesterday with a tribute to the fare-dodger. This came in response to the recent installation of barriers on Vancouver's transit system. I especially like the point about what is "public" transit?
Canada has yet to catch-up with the UK when it comes to fare enforcement. We have yet to have "revenue protection officers", blanket ticket barriers and a ban on platform tickets (despite the requirement for them to be available). I do not advocate fare-dodging, transit does not work if people don't pay for it. However, why destroy a social place like a station in the process?