Fare evasions in subways occur by:
- Jumping the turnstile
- Two people entering through the high entrance high exit turnstile with only one fare
- People entering through the service exit door (used by disabled)
- Not paying the exact change, when required.
- Entering through the rear door of a local bus when not authorized
- A person has money, just not on the card or in coins.
Pay your fare on time. I've seen bus operators go ballistic over the fact that a passenger didn't pay his/her fare promptly. Some bus operators would stop the bus from running when the person sitting did not pay his/her fare. I've had a bus operator call the police because of the fare evasion. Students who have their student pass with half-fare aren't even paying their fair share either. I know that bus operators sometimes let passengers slide without paying their fare, but it's not fair to other paying customers and the transportation agency.
Now for subways and railroads:
Jumping turnstiles used to be a problem for the subways/rapid transit systems. It still is, just that it's not heard too much because it doesn't make the news. The service gate is a problem now, because when people use the gates to exit the subway, other riders sneak in through those gates (providing that it's still opened) With station booth clerks disappearing these days, fare evasion by the gates will present a much bigger problem.
Tickets please! People board the railroads sometimes without even paying a ticket first, and sometimes there are stories that conductors do not check everyone's ticket. I don't think it's too much of a problem, but that might be the case sometimes.
According to the NY Daily News, bus fare evasions are costing MTA New York about $8,100,000 a year!
As for the subways in New York, it costs New York City Transit about $27 million dollars a year!
So remember, folks, pay your fare on time, every time!