March’s fare enforcement report continues 13-fold increase

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In March, TriMet wrote 1,928 citations, 13 times as many citations as in March 2011. Riders caught without a valid fare had an 82 percent chance of receiving a citation or exclusion; in March 2011 they had a 41 percent chance.

Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 4167 on March 27. House Bill 4167 restores TriMet’s ability to receive money from citations for violating TriMet Code. Shortly after the passage of 2011 House Bill 2712, which inadvertently prevented TriMet from receiving a portion of fines, TriMet began working with lawmakers and was able to get the technicality fixed retroactively. TriMet expects to receive about $250,000 in revenue from citations issued during 2012.

In July 2011, TriMet shifted to fare enforcement over education when checking fares. Riders without a valid fare face a $175 citation or an exclusion of up to 90 days.

March 2012 March 2011
Warnings 617 1105
Citations 1928 146
Exclusions 829 617

 

February 2012 February 2011
Warnings 588 946
Citations 1697 123
Exclusions 776 429

 

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

 

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

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