The number of fare cheats on our transit system is down but there are still thousands trying to catch a free ride.
TransLink says in 2016 there were just about 26,000 fare infraction tickets issued, down from 32,000 in 2015.
Spokesperson Chris Bryan says fare gates installed last April are helping to cut down on the number of free riders.
“We definitely believe there was a reduction in fare evasion after the fare gates were installed that also could be seen in our revenue figures for 2016 we’ve had about 7.8 per cent increase in revenue between April and December of last year which is a striking increase.”
At nearly 20,000 tickets, the majority of the fines were handed out on SkyTrain.
“Ideally there would be no fare evasion but unfortunately it’s something that will probably always be there to some extent,” Bryan says.
Getting caught without a fare will land you a $173 fine.