MBTA: Fare evaders costing Commuter Rail $35M a year

The MBTA and Keolis are considering plans to strengthen security at stations to crack down on fare evaders.

The MBTA said the Commuter Rail is losing around $35 million annually because people are not paying. According to Keolis, around 20 percent of Commuter Rail riders are evading fares.

They are also looking at the bus system which is losing an estimated $2.4 million annually, and the green line which is losing about $4.5 million annually.

A $10 million plan is being considered to help the MBTA recoup around $24 million a year. The plan involves adding "rings of steel" gates at South Station, North Station and Back Bay.

The idea proposed by Keolis is a ticket gate that requires valid tickets before you even get to the train platform.

The T is also considering using private contractors in a pilot program to check tickets.

If they do go ahead with the ‘ring of steel idea’ it could take at least 15 months to put them in place.

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