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A Fairer Citation Process

If a rider doesn’t pay fare, what should the punishment be?

There are lots of reasons why people don’t pay fare. They may simply forget, they may be confused or they may be taking a risk for no good reason. In any case, skipping fare is not a major crime — so we want to re-think the consequences to help people avoid a court appearance.

New, fairer options

We want our rules to be fair and equitable. A new law gives us a 90-day window to resolve citations before sending them to court, either through a fine or community service.

This would keep many people out of the judicial system — a much fairer deal, especially considering that a court record can affect their ability to get a job, rent a house or serve in the military.

Questions for you

We hope to have the new options for fines and community service in place by July 1, 2018. But we still need to make some important decisions, such as:

  • How should the fines be set? Our current fine is $175 — should that change?
  • How many hours of community service should be required?

If you have thoughts about any of these, we want to hear from you. What do you think a fair policy would be for resolving citations outside the courts?


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