Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law, AB 426 (by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal), that clarifies existing state law and allows Metro to go ahead and establish its own Transit Court. The Court is for Metro patrons cited for violating the agency’s Code of Conduct, including rules against fare evasion.
At present, Metro customers who want to appeal citations must go to Superior Court, an onerous process for customers and the courts alike. Once Metro’s Transit Court is established — it will be at Metro headquarters next to L.A. Union Station — appeals will instead go there. The court is scheduled to begin later this year. Please keep in mind that most citations will not require a court appearance.
Here’s a recent Metro staff report that provides some background on Transit Court and information about a new contract to the private firm ACS to process citations. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will continue to patrol Metro’s bus and rail lines and enforce the Code of Conduct.