Audit: Fare skippers costing Metro Transit $28,000 a week

Riders on the Metro Transit Green Line are skipping out on their fares more often than on the Blue Line according to an internal audit conducted by the Metropolitan Council.

Combined, skipped fares on both lines add up to $28,000 dollars a week in lost potential revenue for Metro Transit. The Green Line debuted in June 2014 and connects downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. The audit said loss of potential revenue is between $11,000 and $22,000 each week.

The Blue Line, which has operated for a decade, travels between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America, and the loss of potential revenue ranged between $4,700 and $6,500 each week, according to the audit.

"The Blue Line is an established line. It's been in for more than 10 years, the Green Line, frankly, there's an education aspect that goes into it," Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said.

Metro Transit officials said by the end of the summer, there will be over a dozen new officers, and if a rider is caught skipping a fare, an $180 ticket will be issued.

Full audit: [PDF]

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