Transit police fare-evasion blitzes catch bigger fish, too
I found this today on the Financial Post but the story is taken from The Province.
This is the important bit:
Forty-two people were booked there for fare evasion in the one-hour blitz by 21 officers and two SkyTrain staffers on Thursday afternoon – an average of one evader for every 61 riders.
Or to put it another way, less than 2% of riders were evading payment. A pretty impressive result – and one which is consistent with experience across the system over time.
Estimates of revenue loss are higher than 2% – but that is all they are. Estimates. Someone without a ticket is not likely to be an especially reliable source on the number of zones they have travelled – or intended to travel – or how often they do that.
This is a typical random sampling – and there are differences at different places, times of day and days of the week. But it shows that there is, once again, absolutely no case for barriers and gates. Which also fail to catch “others wanted for more serious offences”