Itís not a good week to try to bamboozle the T.
The MBTA is cracking down on fare evasion this week, stepping up efforts on the commuter rail, subway, and bus systems against passengers who attempt to slip through the turnstiles without paying or to sneak by with expired or counterfeit passes, transit officials said.
ďUnfortunately, thereís always the temptation by a handful of customers to try these tricks, and that is to the detriment of our paying customers,Ē said MBTA general manager Richard Davey. ďIf it happens once, thatís too much.Ē
Commuter rail passengers on several trains in North and South Station will be asked to purchase their tickets before boarding, and conductors armed with UV flashlights will be scrutinizing every ticket Ė special ink causes the orange arrow to glow under black light.
Inspectors will be out in force at subway stations, keeping eyes peeled for passengers hopping the turnstiles or piggy-backing their way through. And at stations without turnstiles, such as above-ground stops on the Green Line, plainclothes officers will be around, making sure passengers donít sneak onto the train in back without paying.
Fare evasion is not very common, but it happens, Davey said. When the transportation agency cracked down last year, officials netted a dozen or so counterfeit passes, and even arrested one man in South Station for selling them.
After the end of this week, the MBTA will continue its concentrated efforts against fare evasion every so often, Davey said.
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