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TriMet asking for public’s input on penalties for skipping fares

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

TriMet is asking for the public’s opinion when it comes to giving out tickets for not paying fares.

In a post on TriMet.org, officials are asking the question, "If a rider didn't pay their fare, what should the punishment be?"

Officials note that there are a lot of reasons why some riders don’t pay a fare, including forgetting, being confused or just not wanting to pay.

At any case, TriMet officials state they don’t see fare skipping as a major crime and want to rethink the consequences to help people avoid a court appearance.

TriMet is citing a new law which allows for a 90-day window to resolve tickets before sending them to court and is considering new options like fines or community service.

Anyone wanting to share their opinions on how TriMet should enforce fares can visit TriMet.org/Citations to take the survey.

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