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Metro may drop fines for young fare evaders

Click Here to learn more about Sen. Hertzberg's new law decriminalizing fare evasion for youths

November 30, 2016

As the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority considers switching its transit policing contract Thursday, the board of directors will also vote on a plan that would decriminalize fare evasion by riders younger than 18.

Tickets for not paying fares on transit are the most common citations issued to juveniles in the county, according to the L.A. County Probation Department. 

Metro officials pushing the policy change say the starting fine of $75, which can run up to $250 with late fees, places an unfair financial burden on young people, who also miss some school to attend court if they contest citations or fail to pay. 

"This is an attempt to address what we've perceived to be a long-standing problem of criminalizing this segment of the population," said L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the board members who introduced the motion.

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NOTE: To learn about Sen. Hertzberg's new law decriminalizing transit fare evasion violations for youths statewide, GO HERE.

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