January’s fare enforcement report shows increase in citations

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In January, TriMet wrote 1,795 citations for riders without a valid fare, a 48 percent increase in citations compared to January 2011. Riders caught without a fare had an 82 percent chance of receiving a citation or exclusion; in January 2011, they had a 35 percent chance.

TriMet shifted to fare enforcement over education when checking fares in July. Riders without a valid fare face a $175 citation or an exclusion up to 90 days.

Fare Enforcement Report

January 2012 January 2011
Warnings 559 1223
Citations 1795 192
Exclusions 720 457

 

December 2011 December 2010
Warnings 474 1100
Citations 1447 137
Exclusions 746 426

 

November 2011 November 2010
Warnings 298 1427
Citations 1241 197
Exclusions 448 410

 

October 2011 October 2010
Warnings 507 1088
Citations 1742 164
Exclusions 700 483

 

September 2011 September 2010
Warnings 487 1128
Citations 2028 198
Exclusions 563 430

 

August 2011 August 2010
Warnings 703 1726
Citations 2251 441
Exclusions 693 553

 

When TriMet moved to a stronger stance on fare enforcement, six new supervisors were hired bringing the fare inspection team to an equivalent of 18 full-time fare enforcers. The dedicated fare inspection team is augmented by all other supervisors spending an hour a day checking fares.

Monthly enforcement reports will be made available on the 20th of the following month.