Does TriMet do enough to crack down on people who ride without buying tickets?
PORTLAND -TriMet is cracking down on fare cheaters - just as fares are going up.
On Thursday, fares go up. Adult all zone and 2 zone single fares go up five cents. Monthly passes increase by $4 for adults and $1 for riders from seven to 17. The cost of a 14 day pass is also going up.
TriMet is also expanding service on some of the busier routes.
Fare inspectors have their pens and ticket books ready and they're using them far more than in the past. At the Gateway Transit center inspectors boarded trains and asked to see tickets. Anyone without one had to leave the train.
"We've been educating people since 1986. After 25 years of education I thing they should have it by now. TriMet doesn't make a secret about fares," Supervisor Gary Radford said.
In about 45 minutes Tuesday, Radford gave one written warning and five tickets.
In the first two weeks of August inspectors gave nearly 800 more citations than they did during the same two week period last year.
The crackdown is catching a lot of people by surprise and some are clearly upset when they get a ticket others take it in stride.
For those who do pay it's good to see TriMet enforcing the rules.