February 25, 2018

People still not paying fare evasion fines

Despite a change in legislation to force fare cheats to pay their fines Translink says they aren't yet seeing much of a difference.  Spokesperson Derek Zabel says rate of payment on fare evasion tickets is up by less than one percent compared to 2010.   "We are seeing about an 18-percent return right now but there is a lot of people … [Read more...]

Transportation minister not surprised with transit fare evasion numbers

The Transportation Minister says she is, and isn't surprised, that fare evasion on Coast Mountain buses is so rampant.  Mary Polak says the estimated number of fare evasions was lower than the actual number of 2.1-million last year. However Polak says she always thought it was much higher compared with the estimated number. "My own view for … [Read more...]

Translink is losing millions of dollars to fare evasion, on buses alone

The numbers are staggering. CKNW news has learned there were several million people riding the Metro Vancouver bus system for free last year. On board Coast Mountain buses is a button drivers are to push if someone gets on and refuses to pay. Last year drivers pushed that button 2.1 million times. If you multiply that number with the minimum … [Read more...]

Vancouver mayor weighs in on fare evasion

A member of the mayors' council on regional transportation is weighing in on the recent news coverage of Translink users getting a free ride. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson says Translink has homework to do to make sure it's as efficient as possible, and that people are paying their fares and fines. "But beyond that, we gotta grow the transit … [Read more...]