Fare evasion rates during the pandemic
Data from an ongoing study reveals that fare evasion rates might increase post-lockdown unless preventive measures are taken in time

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The past months have been a real challenge for public transport: Covid-19 killed numerous transit workers, ridership plummeted to record levels, and revenues from fare collection dropped massively. Fare evasion is therefore one of the smallest problems for transit at the moment, but is it one to be completely ignored? Our findings indicate not,...

Fare evasion rate in Santiago, Chile at 32,6% at the end of 2019
The figure is 6,1% higher than the previous quarter, but does not surpass the record 34.6% rate reached in 2016

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New figures released by the Government of Chile reveal fare evasion rates on Santiago’s public transport network are at 32.6% for the last quarter of 2019. The figure is 6.1% higher than the previous quarter, and corresponds to the period when violent protests in October 2019 led to massive acts of evasion and destruction...

Athens public transport furthers efforts to improve service and boost revenue
Ticket revenue is rising and system upgrades are being rolled out, although fare evasion remains high

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OASA (Athens Urban Transport Organization), the body providing most public transport services in Athens, Greece released new data revealing revenue numbers and service upgrades. Bus and trolley ticket revenues totalled €94 million in 2018. This is more than in 2017 (€82 million ) and 2016 (€87 million), though less than in 2015 (€97 million)...

1 in 33 passengers dodging fares on Berlin’s S-Bahn and BVG
Ticket inspectors identified 623,000 passengers travelling without a valid ticket in 2019

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BVG – the main public transport company in Berlin, and S-Bahn – the rapid transit operator in and around Berlin have released new figures revealing fare evasion rates. According to a recent report commissioned by the State Senate,  fraud rate was at an average 3% in 2019 for both companies. In 2018, this figure...

Toronto’s TTC fare evasion losses amount to $73.5 million in 2019
TTC aims to reduce losses by $10 million in 2020 through hiring more fare inspection officers, running preventive ad campaigns, and improving the Presto ticketing system

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TTC, the public transport operator in Toronto, Canada released a new report which reveals $73.5 million fare evasion losses in 2019, $12.5 million more than the previous year. According to the report, most fare dodging incidents take place on streetcars, at 15.9%, equivalent to $23 million. Fare evasion rate on buses is at 6.3%, or...

National red list for fare dodgers in Switzerland
277.000 persons have been registered in the national database by August 2019

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Public transport operators in Switzerland have set up a joint national register for fare dodgers. The digital register is active since April 2019 and aims to better tackle the problem of fare evasion on buses, trams and trains, which causes losses of millions of euros yearly. Transport operators held fare dodging databases previously, but...

School buses fare evasion rates over 90% in Queensland, Australia
1,53 million fare dodging incidents were reported in the financial year 2018-19

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School bus drivers in Queensland, Australia are facing an increase in fare dodging incidents from teenagers that do not pay for their rides. In the financial year 2018-19, bus drivers counted 1.53 million fare evasions (double than in the previous year) causing A$25 million in lost revenue for the local transport operator Sursfide Buslines....

Brussels’ STIB-MIVB considers anonymity for ticket inspectors after fare dodger attack
STIB ticket fines bear the names of the inspectors issuing them

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A recent attack on a ticket inspector in Brussels has prompted the city’s public transport operator STIB-MIVB to mull the disclosure of their names. An inspector who issued a fine to a man who passed the access gates without paying was assaulted by the fraudster at his home in Molenbeek a few days later....

Transport for London (TfL) fares to remain unchanged for fourth consecutive year
However prices for daily and weekly fare caps, plus weekly, monthly and annual travel cards will rise by 2.8% in 2020

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London’s mayor Mr. Sadiq Khan announced on November 16, 2019 that prices for trips on bus, tram, train and subway will remain the same until the end of 2020. However there will be a 2.8% rise for daily fare caps and for weekly, monthly and annual travel cards. According to a mayor’s office spokesperson,...

Helsinki’s HSL to cut long-distance ticket prices and increase penalty fares
Residents living in peripheral areas will benefit mostly from the price cuts which will come into effect starting 2020

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As stated by HSL’s Executive Director Suvi Rihtniemi in a recent press release, the price cuts come as a measure aimed at helping to cut carbon emissions, : “This is the first time in our 10-year history we make such significant fare cuts. We will lower the fares for the longest journeys, as switching...