As I was exiting the rear door of the bus on my way home, 3 or 4 people got on the bus through the back door. There’s big signs saying that you’re not allowed to do that so I looked into it.
Yup, fare evading is crazy rampant. This article says:
A study conducted in 2004 and 2005 by the Municipal Transportation Agency and released last year found that between 54 and 73 percent of riders at three subway stations didn’t pay a fare or show a pass.
WHAT? Roughly 60% of riders are freeloaders?!?!?!?! You are kidding, right?
Oh my. Read this from January 2009:
In the past two years, Muni has more than doubled its staff of fare inspectors, to 49
The investigation helped kick-start reforms to Muni’s fare enforcement, which helped the agency collect $35,000 in fare-evasion tickets from July through September [2008 I believe]
That sounds good until you do the math. A first time offender pays a $50 fine. Liberally assuming that every one of the fare evaders was a first time offender, and that a pathetic 50% of ticketed people actually pay, that means Muni issued 35,000 / $50 / 50% = 1400 tickets in 90 days.
Therefore, there are 49 inspectors that issued 1400 tickets in 90 days.
The entire Muni inspection team issued 1400/90 = 15.6 tickets per day for 90 days.
15.6 tickets / 49 inspectors = The average inspector issued 0.32 tickets a day over 3 months.
You have GOT to be kidding. On my way home tonight, in 30 minutes, I saw more than 10 people walking in the back door of a Muni street car and then the #14 bus. Apparently if I were a Muni inspector and I ticketed those folks, I would have just done my job for an entire fricking month.
This is wrong.
I am outraged.