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Report: More riding LA trains than have tickets

Posted: July 28, 2014 11:15 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2014 11:15 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles-area transit officials are trying to reconcile figures that show 40 percent more people are estimated to ride the county's trains than are counted scanning tickets at stations.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there were 115 million riders on its light-rail and subway system last year — a 5 percent increase from 2012.

But a Los Angeles Times analysis published Monday finds only 70 million of those rides were legal.

How much of that difference may be the result of fare evasion or other factors is a question officials hope to answer as they prepare to boost fares in September.

Reducing fare jumping has become increasingly important to Metro, which is under pressure to increase ticket revenue as its rail network rapidly expands.

More fare hikes are planned in coming years.

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Saugasian: Posted: July 28, 2014 4:45 p.m.

This should be no surprise to regular riders of the Metro subway. I have seen folks go over, under, or sideways through the turnstiles with no fare. There is LASD presence at Union Station, but not at the other Metro stops. While not the focus of this article, fare evasion is probably not much better on the Metrolink trains, where tickets are checked by the Sheriff just once a week, on Wednesdays. Conductors rarely check tickets. It's essentially an honor system, easily bypassed by those who want to cheat.

lars1: Posted: July 28, 2014 7:04 p.m.

The hardworking, honest people subsidize those who expect everything free. The subway was constructed and operated for many years on the honor system. Now those who don't pay, ride the train illegally, know the system. They have no identification, and are not given any tickets.

It is a disgrace that Metro can propose raising fares for the honest working people, while letting those who don't pay keep their free rides. If 45 million riders are getting off not paying, that's almost 40%. They will never construct the entrances to stop this activity. That will be considered racist.

DMeyer: Posted: July 28, 2014 10:13 p.m.

Another example of how our society has developed a sense of entitlement? It's free, the government provides it. Just like health care, just like schools, just like food stamps, just like unemployment checks....

SReilly12: Posted: July 28, 2014 10:43 p.m.

Wonder what the entitled would think if we all wrapped ourselves around their thought processes.......wouldn't be much to go around now would there? Maybe then they will figure it out!

boneshark: Posted: July 29, 2014 12:25 p.m. would trying to do anything to stop these cheaters become a racist act in your mind? Or are you insinuating that all the cheaters are black or latino and the NAACP will file a lawsuit if anything is done to stop these cheaters? I ride the train everyday and the people who get kicked off for not having tickets are well represented by all races. Doing something to stop these cheaters is not racist...but your comment certainly was!

KLB: Posted: July 29, 2014 6:01 p.m.

I watched a Sheriff write a guy a ticket on Metrolink for not having a pass. The Sheriff then told the guy that the judges are usually very lenient with these types of citations and all he had to do was buy a ticket when he got off the train and take it to court. Unbelievable.

Rocketeer: Posted: July 30, 2014 1:26 p.m.

@boneshark: History is on the side of lars1. It was considered racist to ban leaf blowers even though people of all races use them. It is considered racist to require people to speak English in the US, even though people of all races speak foreign languages. Liberals claim it's racist to require voters to show ID. It's racist to name your team "Redskins" even though most people with red skin are white folk with a sunburn.

@SReailly12: Yes, that's what inevitably ALWAYS goes wrong with communism and its little brother socialism. From the Pilgrims to the Hippies to the Soviets, they always failed because too many people were taking and not enough working. Unless things change drastically, that's our future as well.

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