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Metrolink moves to combat fare evasion

May 13, 2011 |  6:37 pm

Metrolink on Friday approved an unlimited weekend pass for $10 and replaced the commuter rail network's 10-trip ticket with a seven-day pass, a move officials hope will reduce revenue losses caused by fare evasion. The changes go into effect July 1.

The new weekend pass will be valid from 7 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday and include connections to bus and rail systems throughout the region -- excluding Amtrak -- at no additional cost. The same privileges will be extended to monthly pass-holders.

Metrolink officials said replacement of the 10-trip ticket should stop the loss of millions of dollars a year. Some passengers would not get those tickets validated on each trip and reuse them more than 10  times. Last year, sampling indicated that the railroad, which serves six counties, lost about $1 million on the Antelope Valley line alone.

The seven-day pass, good for consecutive days, will cost $36.75 to $101.26 depending on the distance traveled. Officials said the pass does not require validation.

The board of the Southern California Regional Railroad Authority, which operates Metrolink, also approved a 10% discount for students who buy one-way and round-trip tickets. Students will continue to receive discounts on seven-day and monthly passes.

-- Dan Weikel