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UPDATE: Metro takes steps to end the free ride

Adds info on Metrolink

Posted: June 20, 2013 12:37 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2013 6:27 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced new regulations this week aimed at stopping people from ducking fares to use the Metro rail subway system.

Beginning Wednesday, the turnstiles to enter Los Angeles Union Station to ride the city’s subway system will be latched at all times, requiring commuters to use a Transit Access Pass, or TAP card, to enter.

The TAP card is equipped with a chip that can be loaded with money to pay Metro fares.

Depending on the outcome of latching the turnstiles, similar measures could go into effect at other stations served by the Metro’s Red and Purple lines throughout the course of the summer and could be put into place at some stations at other commuter lines throughout Los Angeles County as early as this fall.

Those include the Metro Gold Line, which runs from eastern Los Angeles to Pasadena; the Metro Blue Line, which runs from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach; and the Metro Green Line, which runs from Redondo Beach to Norwalk.

The decision to latch the turnstiles will reduce the number of riders who have been evading fares and could bring in $6 million to $9 million in additional revenues, according to Metro.

The Metrolink rail system also recently updated its tickets to be TAP compatible. Each Metrolink ticket includes a transfer to Metro rail services, meaning Metrolink commuters can get through the turnstiles.

TAP cards can be purchased or reloaded with funds at several locations throughout Santa Clarita, including at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., the Transit Maintenance Facility, 28250 Constellation Road, and the Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway.



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