On the stepped-up Proof-of-Payment game
Photo from Plug1
You might have noticed (we have, on buses, trains, and Twitter) a few more Muni fare inspectors lately. A few more, or, in some cases, 10 more.
It’s happening. Muni is finally getting very serious about ensuring that all riders pay and/or show proof of payment.
The following just arrived in our inbox from the tireless Plug1:
as i off-boarded my T Train this morning at EMB/Folsom, i was greeted by no less than 10 SFMTA Fare Inspectors, accompanied by 4 officers from the SFPD. it was definitely a very thorough operation, almost like a dragnet or DUI checkpoint. everyone was checked and several tickets we administered. naturally, i fired off a few shots with my iPhone. i also met Robert Wolfgang, who is the (new) Security & Transit Fare Inspection Manager. we talked about Fare Evasion, Fare Inspector #32, and how Judson True might in fact be the hardest working man at Muni. Mr. Wolfgang seemed fairly serious about enforcing Proof of Payment, acknowledging that far too many people evade paying fares daily, some even running off when confronted by a Fare Inspector.
Muni doesn’t really need us to remind you to pay your fair fare or show your transfer or Fast Pass. Do the right thing, and it might just save us from future fare increases like we suffered earlier this month.