WGBH News Focus: The MBTA

Riders React to the MBTA Fare Evasion Crackdown

By Danielle Dreilinger

April 18, 2012

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BOSTON — On April 17, the MBTA launched a new initiative to address fare evasion on the Green Line: In off-peak hours, D Branch passengers will be allowed to board and depart using the front door only. In addition, the agency is continuing monthly "fare blitzes" to keep riders honest. 

"It's only fair ... pay your fare!" the press release chirped. And on the April 18 morning commute, T riders tweeted ... well, let's see.


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About WGBH News Focus: The MBTA

Love it, like it or lump it, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority touches nearly everyone's lives in eastern Mass. And it's in financial crisis, with newly announced fare hikes not enough to cover next year's projected $100 million budget deficit. WGBH News features special focus coverage of the tracks and troubles of our public transit system.

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