July 26, 2012
Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff
Derek Bass was cited for fare evasion by undercover MBTA agents at the Park Street T Station recently.
Though the loss from fare evasion is hard to calculate, planners estimate it may be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff
Transit Police have devoted increasing attention to the problem, with officers writing a record 3,482 tickets last year.
Paul Cravedi (pictured) said he was outraged by fare evaders using electronic gates in rapid transit stations.
The new law makes the fine $50 for a first offense and requires payment or a request for an appeal hearing within 30 days.