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TriMet fare enforcement plan nets increase in citations, revenue


During the past four months, the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) has issued nearly seven times as many citations compared with a year ago in part because of a new fare enforcement plan.

Riders now have an 83 percent chance of receiving a $175 citation or an exclusion from riding the system if they don’t have a valid fare versus a 35 percent chance of obtaining such penalties a year ago, TriMet officials said in a prepared statement.

In August, the agency shifted from an education system to enforcement when checking fares. As a result, TriMet will generate about $460,000 in revenue this year due to more riders buying fares, said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane.

“We continue to move our fare enforcement effort throughout the system and at various times of days, so riders should be prepared to have a valid fare,” he said.

The base fine for not having a valid fare is $175, with up to $69 going to TriMet and the balance to Multnomah County and the state of Oregon. Exclusions from the system can extend up to 90 days, TriMet officials said.

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