Fare evasion on Metro Vancouver’s transit system is up again.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, TransLink has provided a breakdown of the 2015 fare infractions.
On SkyTrain there were just over 21,000; Canada Line, 6,800, buses 3,5000 and SeaBus another 183.
Jordan Bateman with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation would like to know the dollar figure attached to those numbers…
“That is not chump change and in fact ya know the estimates that TransLink usually give is that fare evasion costs between five and ten-million-dollars a year, we think it’s much higher than that.”
But while he says he’s not pleased with the likely cost, Bateman says he isn’t surprised.
“This is a lot like a cancer, and when people watch other people get on without paying and not facing any consequences, they’re more willing to take that risk as well.”
“The actual writing of the tickets is just a small part of the overall push to try and limit fare evasion but clearly TransLink has no control over this, it’s the tail wagging the dog here, they have no ability to crack down on this and make a difference.”
From 2014 to 2015, there was a four-per cent increase in fare evasion across the system. TransLink says the number of fare infractions issued has increased annually since September 2012.
We have reached out to Translink and Transit Police for comment.