No more free passes on MBTA
MBTA is seeking easier-to-enforce, tougher penalties
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.