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No more free passes on MBTA

MBTA is seeking easier-to-enforce, tougher penalties

MBTA inspector Maxine Bell used a handheld computer to check fare cards on the Green Line last week. MBTA inspector Maxine Bell used a handheld computer to check fare cards on the Green Line last week. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / November 20, 2011

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With the MBTA trying to discourage fare evasion, a Globe reporter and photographer followed an undercover Transit Police team on the Green Line and at Ruggles Station on the Orange Line, where the officers wrote citations for boarding the trolley through the back without paying and for piggybacking through the fare gates at the subway station. But statistics show that most of the $15 tickets the T writes go unpaid. To toughen the penalties and encourage compliance, transportation officials are working on new legislation.

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