The number of T riders caught sneaking past fare gates has dropped significantly from a year ago, according to figures released by the MBTA.
So far this year, transit police have issued 2,838 citations for fare evasion compared with 3,187 citations through the same period last year, an 11 percent drop. Transit Police said they believe the reduction reflects word circulating among would-be scofflaws about increased vigilance for fare jumpers.
“We’ve instituted an operation targeting stations during rush hour where we have a high volume of riders . . . and what we’re hearing back is that we’re seeing more compliance at stations where we’re issuing citations,” said Joseph O’Connor, superintendent in chief of the transit police.
The T crackdown, called “Operation Fare Game,” places plainclothes officers at high-traffic MBTA stations. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.