Reviewing a proposed policy to use armed police officers to enforce fare payment is new Port Authority CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman's first priority.

Reviewing a proposed policy to use armed police officers to enforce fare payment is new Port Authority CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman's first priority.

PITTSBURGH — Reviewing a proposed policy to use armed police officers to enforce fare payment is new Port Authority CEO Katharine Eagan Kelleman's first priority, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The fare evasion proposal, which would be enforced by armed police officers, with violators subject to a $300 fine and a criminal background check when issued a citation, has come under fire from coalitions concerned about the possiblity of "deadly confrontations, the report said.

Kelleman said the policy will probably be decided before the agency begins cashless fares on the light-rail system, which isn’t expected until at least April, according to the Post-Gazette.

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