Fare Checkers To Aggressively Check Tickets on MBTA Commuter Rail

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) –  Commuters may need to give themselves a few extra minutes if they are going to be boarding a MBTA commuter train at certain major stations in Boston the next few months as fare checkers will be cracking down on fare evaders.

Starting March through May, fare checkers will be rotating through North,South and Back Bay stations demanding to see paper or e-tickets before letting commuters on the platform.

Just the thought of it has some commuters worked up.

However, the MBTA officials and train operator Keolis say it's worth it. 

In 2016 it was estimated that $42 million dollars a year were lost to fare evaders most of them on the Commuter rail. 

The MBTA is also looking at expanding technology for conductors to take credit cards on board the trains.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kendall Buhl reports.

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