The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (GA) police department arrested 538 fare scofflaws during a recent crackdown.
“Every year, transit authorities across the nation lose millions of dollars in revenue due to fare evaders,” said general manager/CEO Keith Parker in a statement. “We are actively working to curb this behavior through the efforts of our Fare Evasion Task Force.” The task force was assembled earlier this year.
Individuals arrested for fare evasion automatically receive a 60-day suspension from using MARTA’s bus and rail services. Fare evaders who are arrested and cannot produce valid identification are sent to jail.
Over the last six weeks, plainclothes officers have actively monitored fare gates across MARTA’s 38 rail stations. “Our officers’ ability to blend in with other customers while monitoring activity at the fare gates has been essential in quickly apprehending individuals looking to circumvent the payment system,” said MPD Chief Wanda Dunham. She further encouraged customers to report inappropriate activity on MARTA’s safety mobile application.
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