The motion from Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilman Paul Krekorian is in response to this staff report that found that there was a fare evasion rate of 22 percent and a mis-use rate of nine percent during a fare enforcement operation on Dec. 3 on the Orange Line.
A similar operation was held Dec. 17 and found fare evasion rate of 16 percent and mis-use rate of eight percent.
“Mis-use” means that people didn’t tap their TAP cards even though they had valid passes loaded on them and the cards were activated.
Metro staff have said that enforcement has since been stepped up on the Orange Line. Patrons of the busway are expected to tap their cards on the TAP validators on Orange Line platforms before boarding the bus.
As I wrote the other day, consider this a heads up! Everyone needs to tap their TAP cards at the validators on Orange Line platforms — even if you’re transferring from another Metro bus or train and have a valid daily, weekly or monthly pass loaded on your card and activated.
The full Metro Board of Directors will consider the motion at their meeting on Jan. 23,