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The Money Train: Collecting Fare Revenue Along the Broad Street Line

Just like in the famous Hollywood thriller with the same name, SEPTA's "money train" travels along collecting fare revenue from the system's subway stations. But that's where the similarities end.

In fact, Revenue Supervisor Byron McCaskill takes great pride in making sure his revenue train and crew are never in harms way and that his valuable cargo is well guarded and protected. A major objective of the job is to always follow safety procedures. But before getting out on the line and meeting the greater demands of the job, McCaskill and his crew must prepare accordingly. As the supervisor, he is responsible for getting paperwork ready to track all money collected along the entire line.

Once accounting and safety procedures are established, the crew is off to board the money train. McCaskill's crew collects the revenue generated on the Broad Street Line safely, and with precision.

Revenue collection is a very detailed and physically demanding task. In that the money train operates during normal service hours, the crew has to make their runs between passenger trains. Therefore, the time frame for pulling and servicing equipment is limited.

Besides attention to detail, this job requires stamina. The money train crew has to hustle, as they collect money from the turnstiles, token vending machines, and cashier booths, and carry the heavy metal bins to the train. Under the tight time constraints, gathering the revenue is hard enough, but they must also be aware of their surroundings. The revenue attendants take safety concerns very seriously. They wear bullet proof vests and are always armed. The train's windows are replaced by steel panels.

The Broad Street Line has 22 subway stations the crew must service. Each revenue attendant has clear collection responsibilities, including making sure tracking numbers match up and keeping track of the equipment. In the midst of this action, Mccaskill supervises the crew.

McCaskill has 23 years of service in SEPTA'S Revenue Department, the last six years as a supervisor. He knows the ins and outs of the job and his experience enables him to get the job done successfully each day.

"Everyday is a challenge," said McCaskill. "Between schedules, new train orders and new trainees, each day brings something different to the table. The challenge keeps us on our toes."


Revenue Supervisor Byron McCaskill prepares to take a ride on the



An attendant accounts for all the revenue bins and boxes that will need to be swapped out.



The crew has to hustle, as they collect money from the turnstiles, token vending machines and cashier booths, and carry the heavy metal bins to the train.



The revenue attendants take safety concerns very seriously. They wear bullet-proof vests and are always armed.



McCaskill stands beside the money train. Note the trainís windows are replaced by steel panels.