CTV News: Councillors want crackdown on fare cheats

City councillors in Richmond, B.C., are calling for an immediate crackdown on SkyTrain fare evaders until turnstiles are installed in the popular transit system, saying the “fare cheats” cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Citing “shocking” statistics that showed 24,000 people were caught riding the system without paying in 2009 – including 550 unpaid fares on the Canada Line in its first five months of service – Councillor Bill McNulty said the numbers are proof there is a need for more enforcement at transit stations.

“These appalling statistics are just the tip of the iceberg showing those caught during the rare occasion of a Translink fare check — it’s clear we need to fast track turnstiles and dramatically increase fare checks until they are completed.”

McNulty, along with fellow councillors Ken Johnston and Derek Dang, say TransLink needs to dramatically increase its fare patrols until the new turnstiles are completed by spring 2013.

Read more at: http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20100805/bc_fare_cheats_100805/20100805

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