In D.C., the Bus Fare Is Merely a Polite Suggestion

Today’s apology lesson on crime and punishment in US cities comes to Washington, DC, where the ticket box on the bus is more like a plate of food. More than a third of bus trips currently being made involve fare evasion, but last week the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it would begin processing it in November.

The Metro Transit Authority said freeriders would commit a crime if they were in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs surrounding the capital. But about four years ago, the DC City Council eliminated ticket evasion under the mayor’s veto. Within the city limits, ticket evaders face a civil fine of just $50. In the old days, they could have considered a $300 fine and 10 days in jail. In D.C., the Bus Fare Is Merely a Polite Suggestion

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