TriMet changed its fare evasion penalties in response to criticism of old policies.

TriMet changed its fare evasion penalties in response to criticism of old policies.

Portland Tribune

The TriMet Board of Directors revised the agency’s fare evasion changes at its Wednesday, Feb. 28 meeting

Among other things, the board approved a tiered system of penalties in adult fare evasion cases, and allowed other options in addition to citation payments, including community service.

The changes are in response to criticism that fare evasion charges disproportionately affect minorities and unnecessarily pushes too many of them into the criminal justice system. They are based on extensive outreach including an online survey, community meetings, open houses and review of penalties used by other transit systems.

Fare evasion is a violation under ORS Chapter 153, a state law. Those caught riding TriMet buses or trains without a valid fare are currently subject to a $175 fine. Citations are adjudicated in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington county courts.

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