Did you know that up to 5% of MTA riders are not paying the proper fare? Seriously. MTA says it may be costing them millions, according to last week’s Times article. If you’re in that 5%, this makes you a bad person. Then again, I wonder if those alleged millions are real, because how much would it cost to put in some sort of automatic ticket validating system on the Green Line, where 6% – 8% of riders do not pay the fare? Maybe MTA considers it a sort of donation to less privileged areas that do not have other adequate transportation?
Regardless of whether or not you are a good person who pays your fares, there’s an opportunity to chime in on the future of Los Angeles transit next week.
Meetings will be held downtown to allow transit users and downtown residents to submit comments on the connections between the rail lines downtown. How will the new extended Gold Line, the Blue Line and the Expo Line connect? Phone calls, letters and appearances at meetings will help determine just that. There are also meetings coming up for the Eastside Extension. If you want to get involved with transit, this is your chance to chime in. And if you don’t pay your fares, just don’t tell them that at the meetings.