Boarding at Washington Junction

An inbound train from Library waits to transact its business at Washington Junction.  Because of the free zone downtown, Pittsburgh-bound passengers pay fares upon entry, and outbound passengers, when leaving.  The busier stations outside the free zone, such as this one, have a manned booth to handle fare payment or validation during peak times.  At other times, and at the lesser stations, business matters are handled on the trains by the operator.  In what looks to be an awkward move, he or she must turn around to verify the correct exact-fare deposit, or more likely, to check the validity of the pass or transfer the customer is showing.   Unlike many other systems, there is no kind of single day or part-day pass -- an unfortunate limitation for the rail fan.  

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