Officials explore alternative to fare evasion fine

The fine for fare dodgers on TriMet is $175

One of TriMet's on-board ticket machines. (KOIN, file)
One of TriMet's on-board ticket machines. (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials say they are exploring alternatives to the $175 fine for fare dodgers caught on a TriMet bus or train.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that TriMet has formed an internal committee to review its fare enforcement policies, including whether it’s unfairly targeting riders based on race, age or other factors.

TriMet officials mentioned possible alternatives to the fine during a presentation to its equity advisory panel. These could include community service, a reduced fee if the fine is paid quickly and an in-house appeal process.

TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt says the agency’s legal staff has looked at what other agencies do but emphasized that the alternatives are only ideas at this point.

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