BOSTON — The MBTA commuter rail is losing roughly $35 million a year on fare evaders scoring free or cheaper rides, transit officials disclosed today as they rolled out a range of proposals to tighten up the system, the Boston Herald reported.
The $35 million estimate comes after officials at Keolis, which has operated the commuter rail since 2014, said it conducted a first-of-its-kind study to examine the system’s “long-standing” problem of riders either not paying or using sometimes elaborate ways to not pay full price on trains, the report said.
To address the issues, officials say they’re weighing a plan to spend $10 million to install gates and other infrastructure to create a “ring of steel” at the system’s primary stations. The plan, which would take as many as 15 months to complete, would help recoup about $24 million a year, officials estimate, according to the Herald. For the full story, click here.