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Shouldn't Metro know how many people are riding for free?
Shouldn't Metro know how many people are riding for free?

How many people are riding L.A.'s subways and trains without paying? How much money does the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority lose each year to fare evasion? Nobody really knows, and that's a problem, particularly as Metro hikes its fares in September and makes the case for future fare increases and, potentially, for a sales tax increase in 2016 to help expand the region's rail system. A Times analysis found a large gap between Metro's estimated rail ridership (115 million last year) and the number of fares counted (about 70 million). In other words, as many as 40% of estimated riders in 2013 didn't enter the system legally, either because...

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