Skip to Content
News

Will Metro’s Latest Crack Down On Fare Evasion Help Improve Safety For Riders?

Metro’s pilot program, which will run for 90 days, comes after a highly publicized string of violent assaults on both Metro riders and employees. Metro claims the additional step will help fight fare evasion and decrease crime but daily transit riders are skeptical about that approach.

La Paloma restaurant, tortilleria and bakery in Duarte near the Duarte station. (Brian Feinzimer for L.A. Taco)

Metro announced a new pilot program last month to crack down on fare evasion, and it’s already receiving some backlash.



Last week, Metro started requiring riders leaving the North Hollywood station to scan their Tap cards a second time to exit the system. Usually, Metro riders tap once to pay their fare when they enter the station and then can exit out of any gate without scanning their TAP cards again. Metro claims the additional step will help fight fare evasion and decrease crime. 

Metro’s pilot program, which will run for 90 days, comes after a highly publicized string of violent assaults on both Metro riders and employees. Just last week, two separate attacks were reported on the system: one man was stabbed at a bus stop near West Olympic and South La Brea, and a bus driver was attacked by a woman boarding the bus.

However, after announcing the program, Metro received backlash from Angelenos, who expressed disbelief that it would solve the myriad issues plaguing the transit system. In response to the criticism, Metro made a follow-up Instagram Reel explaining its reasoning, only to face more backlash in the comments. 

One of the top comments on the video said, “Please show me a rider demanding more fare compliance. Show me one. An actual rider. Go ahead.” It received more than 500 likes. Other top comments said, “Fare evasion should be last on your list of concerns” and “This is a total waste of resources and will only further hurt our system.”

According to California law, fare evasion tickets for public transit are punishable by up to $250 per ticket. It remains to be seen whether the transit agency’s fare evasion measures will address safety concerns, but Metro welcomes feedback from riders as it continues to test out the pilot program.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

What To Eat In L.A. This Weekend: L.A.’s Best Tacos, Tequila, and Stuffed Churros at Our 15th TACO MADNESS

McSatan cheeseburgers, suadero on house-nixtamalized tortillas from one of Mexico's biggest chefs, steak banh mi tacos, and so much more, in one place!

June 14, 2024

The Five Best Tacos in South Gate

From a spot that uses a unique Michoacán-style "salsa agridulce" to a fish taquería where the batter stays crispy, next time you're in SELA, now you know! Southeast Los Angeles, presente!

June 13, 2024

Black Music Month: Five California-Based Baddies Taking Over The Music Industry

From Sacramento to Slauson Hills and Pasadena, these emerging California-raised artists are representing the state's current hip-hop and R&B scenes.

Open Thread: What Is L.A.’s Most Overrated Dish?

Dry donuts you drove an hour for? "Texas-style" tacos you just don't seem to get? That mean Michelin-recognized chef's new place?

Here’s Everything You’ll Eat at The Clippers’ New Intuit Dome

Sushi-dogs, three meat pizza, and churros that put all other stadium concessions to shame.

See all posts