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LA Metro Board moves forward with plans to lock fare gates

Fare gate at Wilshire/Normandie
Fare gate at Wilshire/Normandie
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It’s been pretty easy for travelers to get into Los Angeles County Metro rail stations and onto a train without paying a fare. Metro's board of directors moved Thursday to change that.

With a variety of tickets and transit passes, and no real barriers to entry, Metro rail stations have operated on the honor system. Metro’s board grew concerned that a lot of passengers weren’t acting honorably.

So last year, staff began to test locking turnstiles in some stations. They noticed big changes once passengers had to carry a ticket or pass to get through.

Metro Board Member and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says the agency’s lost millions of dollars in fares. The board approved his motion to lock gates at all Metro stations within six months.