Atlanta transit agency cracks down on fare evaders

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ATLANTA — Police officers at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Department are cracking down on riders who try to avoid paying fares. The agency’s police force has arrested 538 people during a recent six-week blitz dedicated to addressing the issue.

In the last six weeks, police officers dressed in regular clothes have been stationed at fare gates across the agency’s 38 rail stations to watch for fare evaders. Those who are arrested for trying to board a train without paying are automatically given a 60-day suspension from using MARTA’s rail and bus services. If the evaders were unable to produce a valid identification, the suspects were sent to jail.

MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith Park says the agency takes fare evasion seriously and is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its customers.

The agency did not disclose whether its task force would continue monitoring fare gates after the initial six-week effort.

MARTA’s rail system consists of about 48-miles of commuter rail serving downtown Atlanta and its neighboring suburbs.

See the news release online.

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