Police operation at El Cerrito BART stations net 52 fare evasion citations

Police operation at El Cerrito BART stations net 52 fare evasion citations
BART police have held multiple fare evasion operations in recent months, with the latest occurring in partnership with El Cerrito police at their cities two BART stations.
Fifty-two people were cited for fare evasion, six arrests were made and one missing person was located during a seven-hour police operation Thursday at both the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station and the El Cerrito Plaza BART station, police said.
The El Cerrito Police Department partnered with BART police to conduct enforcement operations at both stations from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Police did not elaborate on the arrests in their initial report.

“The focus of the operation was to reduce crime in these areas and cut down on fare evasion,” El Cerrito police said.

The operation was part of the new BART police chief’s strategy to crack down on fare evaders, which BART conservatively estimates cheat the system out of $15 million to $25 million annually.

During a nearly three-hour operation at the Richmond station last month, “a sergeant and two officers spoke with 14 people and issued nine citations for fare evasion or possibly other offenses,” according to CBS News.

Last week, the transit agency adopted a new proof of payment system that will take effect in Jan. 1.

As part of the new system, BART riders who fail to show proof of payment — such as a valid ticket or Clipper card — within paid areas of the transit system will face fines of $75 for adults and $55 for minors. Adults who receive two or more civil citations for fare evasion within 12 months may end up with a criminal citation, which packs a fine of up to $250. Juveniles will only receive civil citations for proof of payment infractions.

All minors, along with adults whose household income is at or below 250-percent of the federal poverty guideline, will be eligible to perform community service in lieu of paying the fine, according to the transit agency.


  1. They caught 52 people! BART averages 420K+ riders a day. The fare evaders amount to less than .02% of ppl who ride BART. This seems like a bit much, in my opinion. But, I guess in the capitlistic society we live in, every penny counts. Especially when it belongs to corporations. Shame.

  2. BART is a public transportation agency and yes every penny of revenue lost counts as tax payers and other riders have to pay for those who cheat the system. The changes will keep those who do not want to pay out.