Penalties for Fare Evasion Not a Good Look
Washington, D.C. is the latest in a growing collection of local governments to decriminalize fare evasion, according to an article by Daniel C. Vock.
Fare enforcement on public transit is often portrayed as a crackdown on criminals. But that's not the way cities approach other, similar infractions, such as drivers who fail to pay tolls, notes Jon Orcutt, a spokesman for Transit Center, a New York-based advocacy group that supports lower penalties for fare evasion. The goal of toll road enforcement is simply to make sure drivers pay, not to arrest them.