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I would like to see TriMet show the numbers of riders vs actual ticket sales. TriMet has adopted the "honor system" for the rail system and my guess is there is a lot of loss of revenue. They have to hire Fare Inspectors who radomly check fares, missing many. It is a good thing TriMet has the bus lines because they are really the stable source of income.
I have taken both rail and bus and so far I have not seen anyone allowed to ride the bus using the "honor system". You pay or you don't ride. Why is this lost on the rail system. Is it an "elitistim"? Only the best get to ride the rail so they don't have to pay??
I didn't understand whey the first rail line came in on the honor system, they knew it was going to be a problem with getting fares paid so why have they just expanded the same losing system?
Until TriMet gets its act together and makes sure people have to pay before they ever get to the train, they will lose money and have to depend on income from the bus.
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