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VRE wants tougher laws to pursue fare evaders

Sunday - 9/18/2011, 1:30pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Despite a crackdown on fare evaders, Virginia Railway Express says it is still seeing repeat offenders.

Customers are expected to validate their tickets at kiosks and conductors spot-check passengers on trains. The agency averaged about eight citations a month when Amtrak provided the service. But new operator, Keolis, has handed out an average of 109 citations per month, or about five citations a day, since January.

The Washington Examiner reports that the commuter rail service wants tougher laws to pursue scofflaws.

Violators typically face $100 fees, plus court costs, but fines can go up to more than $600 or cost evaders their driver's licenses. VRE says fines go to the Virginia Literary Fund and enforcement costs VRE money because conductors spend the day in court, not on the train.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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