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RSS FeedsDidnt pay to ride the UP Express? Metrolinx isnt allowed to fine you for evading fares
(The Star Toronto Raptors)


13 november 2019 20:11:14

Didnt pay to ride the UP Express? Metrolinx isnt allowed to fine you for evading fares
(The Star Toronto Raptors)

Since the Union Pearson Express opened in 2015, Metrolinx hasn’t fined a single customer on the airport rail link for fare evasion.That’s not because people who take UP Express are extraordinarily law-abiding. In fact, Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency that operates the service, estimates riders who skip out on paying their fare for the airport train cost it about $400,000 annually in lost revenue. The dearth of tickets is instead a result of a legal loophole Metrolinx has known about for years but has yet to close: the UP Express has never been covered by the agency’s bylaws, which means the organization has no authority to impose rules specific to the service and fine riders who break them. Metrolinx hasn’t publicized the loophole, but the agency’s lack of bylaw authority over the UP Express was revealed in internal documents the Star obtained through a freedom of information request.The documents included a description of a review conducted in April 2018 that flagged multiple challenges to collecting fares on the UP Express, and warned riders were taking advantage of them.“One customer stated that he did not purchase, nor did he intend to purchase a fare,” the description said.The documents show the review recommended the UP Express, which carries about 4.5 million passengers a year, be brought under Metrolinx bylaws in order to improve fare collection.Yet Metrolinx has allowed the troublesome technicality to persist, even as the organization announced a crackdown on fare evasion on its GO Transit commuter network. Fare evaders on GO are subject to an immediate $100 fine if caught by inspectors.The TTC, which is a separate agency under the City of Toronto’s control, fines riders who don’t pay up to $425.Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the agency takes a “zero tolerance approach to fare evasion for everyone on our system whether UP Express or GO Transit,” and said the agency ...

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