No wonder there are so many Metrolink fare dodgers
April 18, 2016 10:45am CST
I regularly see people walk onto the platform at my local tram station and board a tram without purchasing a ticket. There are also many people that I know personally who never buy a ticket, but travel into the city on a fairly regular basis. Inspectors are quite rarely seen. In fact I catch a tram in both directions every day and can go weeks without seeing one. I have also travelled long distances at times without encountering a single Inspector. The company does employ Inspectors, but they never seem to spread around or visit different stations. The only place I see them reasonably often is at Manchester Victoria, which also serves as a railway station. Today I noticed a vast number of Inspectors at Victoria Station. You cannot see them all in the above photograph because several boarded the tram to check tickets, but there were 12 in total. Surely splitting these into groups of 3 or 4 would be a more practical use of the manpower.
23 people like this
• Vancouver, Washington
Here in Washington they have inspectors all over the place when you travel n Oregon you'll see them a lot of the time you'll ally see them at the moda center where the blazers play they are thick they are trained in ways that when they get on the train their shoes shuffle they get off the same way.
• Pleasant Hill, California
As a teenager in Chicago, I knew how to "jump" the trains from the South Side to the North Side. I think we did it for sport, as we weren't short on allowance. Will you still associate with me, knowing that I was a soft-core juvenile delinquent in my day?
• Bern, Switzerland
I live in a little quiet village,took a full year before I had my ticket controlled once, although I always buy a monthly ticket which my employer paid. This year my employer stopped paying,Jan,Feb, I bought a ticket,March 2 days after my ticket expired I had control for the first time in 4 years without a ticket,and you guessed right, I had no ticket, l was so angry they fined me $150(the normal charge if you don't have a valid ticket). So i wrote a complaint letter explaining why i may not have had a ticket and sent all the expired(always keep them and by good luck individual public transport number is written on them.My expired tickets helped,I only had to pay $40 admin fee. In my opinion it`s wrong to travel without a ticket,but what's the point of buying a ticket for 4 years and nop one bothers to check? When I travel to Zurich,train ticket from my place to Zurich is valid 10 days,so if I go and back and no one controls the ticket, I always use it again. I think trains should have more conductors so everyone pays a ticket.
We have automatic fare collection gates/turnstiles that ensure fare collection as only one person can pass at a time. If some are able to dodge buying tickets then others who pay are subsidizing them and it is quire unfair - siva