METRO:”No more free train rides”

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It’s in this mornings New York Times.  The full article can be read HERE .  The short is after losing an estimated 5.5MILLION Dollars in fares the honor system is over. 

Having had the pleasure of having friends on college from New York I know a lot of their tricks for beating the gates for a free ride.  Lou from Long Island claims he and his pals would piss hard into the token drop and trip the release.  Interesting, but since these are electronic tickets I don’t think that will work here.  LA has its own ingenious scofflaws so our stories should be equally entertaining with a high tech hackers edge. What is your best guess on how they will beat the system?

Pic by our own Will Campbell from his $20 Project.

15 Replies to “METRO:”No more free train rides””

  1. The best part is that they’ll probably spend $50 million to recover the “5.5 million lost”. Also, instead of being able to just walk onto the train, we”l probably have to go through airport style rectal probes in order to board, there by adding 30 minutes to the commute. I can’t wait to see what these idiots are going to do.

  2. i really like this. the subway has always seemed to be afterthought in it’s planning. i don’t understand why they didn’t do this in the first place.

  3. well, us GOOD citizens always paid our fares so it hopefully wouldn’t come down to this. so i guess nothing changes for me except the anal probe. at least i have something to look forward to every morning.

  4. The best part is that they’ll probably spend $50 million to recover the “5.5 million lost”.

    But that’s $5.5 million a year, meaning they’ve lost $77 million over the last 14 years. Also, the article cites the cost to install as up to $30 million, considerably less than $50 million.

    On another note, glad to see that the LA Times has been so good about covering this. Not.

  5. nice and safe Julia. The whole anal probe went an entirely different direction than I expected the comments to go. I’ll take it regardless as this is more entertaining.

  6. The *cough* is usually part of your hernia exam not the anal probe. I wish I could put up a sound byte here as I have a great one from Cartman on the topic.

  7. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is fear. Fear and the anal probe…uh, our two weapons are…

  8. More to the point…
    I have always paid the fare, though I’ve rarely utilized our subway system. Not because I don’t want to, but because it so rarely goes where I need to go. Will whatever measures they put in place make the train even less appealing?

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