Metro Cracks Down on Non-Paying Riders

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Metro is again talking about raising fares, but how do they deal with passengers who get on without paying?

Planning Director Jessica Mefford-Miller says Metro’s estimates of fare evasion because of the open Metro-Link platforms aren’t much different from those in cities which have barriers on the platforms.

But she says it’ll soon be harder to sneak through.

“We are not creating barriers with the Smart-Card Program. However, we are going to be using virtual gates at all Metrolink stations and we have those virtual gates installed at all of the stations today, they are just not activated yet,” says Mefford-Miller.

She says riders will touch their smart-card to the virtual gate, and a red or green light will let the fare inspector know if the person has paid or not.

As for the fare increase, there are three options, with public meetings promised over the next two months.

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