OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The BART Board of Directors on Thursday voted 7-2 to hire 10 additional fare inspectors and expand the teams to nights and weekends.
BART currently has six fare inspectors working during the day on weekends, officials said.READ MORE: Bay Area Projects to Benefit From U.S. Infrastructure Funding
BART officials said the additional inspectors will increase police presence on trains and platforms and deter fare evasion.
In January, BART police started enforcing a new ordinance allowing fare inspectors to check if a rider has paid a valid fare. Since March, 3,813 citations have been issued to fare evaders.READ MORE: Central Valley Man On Probation For Elder Abuse Arrested In Father's Death
The board voted to authorize police to hire eight new inspectors at a cost of $900,000 per year. The board also approved two new positions that had already been budgeted for.
BART Police will work to hire these officers and deploy them in early 2019.
The fine for fare evasion is $55 for juveniles and $75 for adults.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: San Jose Triple-Stabbing Suspect Fatally Struck On Hwy 85 Identified
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