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