Governor signs bill to restore citation revenue
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.
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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.