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Old August 5th, 2013, 07:23 PM   #101
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may I make an off topic comment about fare evasion?....
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Who knows if this is really fare evasion? The passenger could have been paying for the ride in some way.
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Old August 6th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #106
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Will New York Stop Arresting People for Evading Subway Fares?
The practice has its roots in “broken windows”-style policing.
Aug 4, 2017
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New York could be backing away from a key tool used in the “broken windows” strategy of policing: arresting people who jump subway turnstiles.

Two state legislators from Brooklyn recently proposed a law that would decriminalize the offense, the latest in a growing wave of local officials who argue that evading a $2.75 subway fare is no reason to land behind bars. Turnstile jumping, or fare beating, is currently considered a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. “No one should face the nightmare of arrest, a criminal record, loss of housing, or deportation over fare evasion,” said one of the bill’s sponsors, State Senator Jesse Hamilton, at a press conference announcing it last week.

Under the law, evasion would be considered a civil offense. Those caught would be charged up to $100, but their criminal records would not be affected; neither would their immigration status if they are undocumented.

It’s too soon to gauge the bill’s prospects, but it aligns with the policies of some city prosecutors: Last month, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced his office would stop prosecuting fare beating, offering alternatives like community service instead of criminal charges. Acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez has said he will implement a similar policy. Those shifts follow the recommendation of an independent commission studying criminal-justice and incarceration reform in New York City, which argued that multiple minor crimes, including this one, should be treated as civil offenses.

Arresting fare beaters has long been part of the broken-windows approach, where officers aggressively crack down on low-level, “quality of life” crimes in order to deter more serious offenses in the future. Put another way, police “emphasize the maintenance of order rather than the piecemeal pursuit of rapists, murderers, and carjackers.” That’s how The New York Times once described the theory, which was first detailed in this magazine in 1982. This style of policing was spearheaded in New York City by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the early 1990s, and arresting fare beaters has since been considered an important tool. Falling crime rates in the city have, in part, been attributed to broken windows, though those claims are widely contested.
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sounds primitive. Just using full-height entry doors work much better than those low turnstiles. Look at how we do it in the Netherlands on smaller train stations. Two meters (6ft) of vandal-proof gates, don't even dare to go over them!

It helps a lot against fare evasion and it also provides a tool to remind yourself to both check in and out. On some larger stations they use smaller gates for esthetic purposes but they are always manned, hunting like lions watching until their fare-evading prey is jumping over the gates! Sadly it is only happening at 88 of the 400 stations we have.
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sounds primitive. Just using full-height entry doors work much better than those low turnstiles. Look at how we do it in the Netherlands on smaller train stations. Two meters (6ft) of vandal-proof gates, don't even dare to go over them!

It helps a lot against fare evasion and it also provides a tool to remind yourself to both check in and out. On some larger stations they use smaller gates for esthetic purposes but they are always manned, hunting like lions watching until their fare-evading prey is jumping over the gates! Sadly it is only happening at 88 of the 400 stations we have.
They use those at Secaucus JCT and Boston...next to impossible to jump..
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MTA task force fails to stop fare-beaters on buses
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Monday, July 31, 2017

The MTA couldn’t beat the fare-beaters.

The team of retired cops who patrol for nonpayers on MTA buses, known as Eagle Teams, failed to stop freeloaders or down-on-their-luck riders who slip aboard without paying up.

Now, to save $6.7 million a year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cutting 64 positions from the Eagle Teams assigned to regular, local bus routes. Instead, they’ll be reassigned to the MTA’s 12 Select Bus Service routes, where riders dip their MetroCards on street-side equipment for a paper receipt, instead of onboard.

“It has been determined that this effort, which relied on intermittent fare evasion enforcement, did not result in significant or lasting reductions in fare evasion,” MTA officials wrote in a financial document.

In 2012, the Eagle Teams were deployed to regular buses, using an NYPD CompStat-style analysis to focus on “problem” routes, according to an MTA news release at the time.

Fare-beating on the subway and buses is estimated to cost the MTA roughly $100 million a year. On buses, drivers are advised to avoid confrontation with people who refuse to pay.
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I have been recently treated as a fare evader by the public transport authority in Bologna, Italy - because of three factors joined together: unclear instructions how to validate your ticket correctly, the ticket validating device not working correctly and incompetent, although professional, ticket inspectors. I had to pay almost 200 euro for three persons in total (we were travelling together). Supposedly, with no right to appeal.

So, I must admit, they are very efficient in fighting with fare evasion, if they even catch and give fines to those who do not do that.
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Old August 11th, 2017, 12:14 PM   #111
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I recall in Budapest, stoic fare inspectors targeted tourists who didn't realize changing lines within the system requires paying a 2nd fare. The "fare evasion" fine was the equivalent of about 10 pounds.
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At least not so much.

When I was for a few days in Budapest, I bought a monthly pass for students, which was cheaper than a ticket for a few days for normal people. It's valid for all the students from EU countries (by the way, a person from Norway studying in Germany was with me, I wonder if he was actually entitled to use this ticket too, or not, although I assume that probably nobody would verify the nationality in such a situation, unless seeing that someone is definitely not European), and the most wonderful thing is that the student ID's of any universities are accepted! I wonder how do they verify if it's a real ID of a real university and not a fake one.

In Poland such a thing is almost impossible. You must have either a Polish student ID or an ISIC discount card (Euro26 is not accepted, only ISIC, which is some kind of discrimination, by the way). The reason is that they must have a sample of the ID to place it in the official documents as the pattern how the document should look like, and it's impossible if they do it with all the student ID's in the Europe. Especially taking into account that in some countries (e.g. in Germany), the layout of the student ID is not determined by law, but each university has a different one.

In the regulations of one of the cities, Wrocław if I remember well, I also saw an option that you may have a foreign student ID, but you must also have a translation to Polish with it, performed by a translator authorized to translate official documents. Getting such a translation would probably cost much more than a normal fare ticket.

Although it may make sense if you want to travel by train in Slovakia, where it's free of charge for students, but you must get a special card from the railway operator, for which you need such a translation of a paper confirming that you are a student (to Slovak or Czech, if I remember well). For a singla journey rather not, but for more... the more you want to travel by trains in Slovakia, the more sense it makes.

And... this is the student ID of the university I was at for Erasmus:



On the rear side, there is an advertisement of a sponsor. On mine, it was Bosch, if I remember well.

So... what should the translator translate from this ID? The word "matriculation number" and the name of the study programme? Or the advertisement on the rear side too?

In Poland, there is one official layout:





On the rear side, you need a new holographic sticker each semester to confirm that you are still a student and you don't try using student discounts e.g. being expelled.
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Old August 23rd, 2017, 10:15 AM   #113
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Electronic ticket gates to help reduce fare evasion
15 August 2017
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Electronic ticket gates have been installed at Ōtāhuhu Station and began operating on 15 August.

The new gates are intended to improve safety and reduce fare evasion.

Customers must have a valid AT HOP card or paper ticket to access the train platform to catch a train. Customers arriving by train at Ōtāhuhu Station will also need a valid AT HOP card or paper ticket to exit through the gates. If you arrive without one you will need to return to the station where you boarded to buy one.

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene welcomes Auckland Transport’s ongoing investment at Ōtāhuhu station to improve safety for commuters.

“A big goal for our local board is to make sure people have access to quality, well-connected and safe public transport and we have made some great strides with the opening of the station last year, bus station upgrades at Māngere and a range of other improvements.”

https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil....-fare-evasion/
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Metro crime numbers down, but fare evasion enforcement jumps
13 Sept 2017
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WASHINGTON — Metro has issued far more fare evasion citations across the region so far this year, even as reports of more serious crimes have dropped somewhat faster than the system’s ridership decline.

Riders and staff reported 17 percent fewer serious crimes in the first six months of this year than the same period last year. Over a 12-month period, rail ridership had dropped eight percent, with more significant drops in some parts of the area.

In the rail system, there were 31 percent fewer Part I crimes reported. While similar crimes reported at bus stops dropped, 15 percent more Part I crimes were reported on Metrobuses. Part I crimes as defined by the FBI include aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies, car thefts, rapes and robberies.

Fare evasion citations more than doubled, to 6,961. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has emphasized the fare evasion crackdown as a potential way to deal with other issues across the system by increasing respect.

For several years, Metro has run a Respect Your Ride program aimed at improving student behavior on trains and buses. Earlier this year, riders reported several instances where police officers used pepper spray on a person stopped as part of fare evasion patrols.

Metro Transit Police data show 52 percent of all arrests in the Metro system over the first six months of the year were for fare evasion. A police department presentation focuses on the additional charges for about 42 percent of those arrested for fare evasion, which include open warrants.

In addition to the nearly 7,000 summonses or citations and 780 arrests, officers issued 2,130 written warnings. Most of the enforcement was focused on the rail system, with about one-third of the patrols focused on buses.
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