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Old 04-24-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me whether or not they have experienced a RTD employee check or collect vouchers on the light rail? Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Can anyone tell me whether or not they have experienced a RTD employee check or collect vouchers on the light rail? Thanks.
Frequently, though not with regularity. They seem to do so in spurts. In my experience, the most popular times are slow afternoon periods or weekday nights when people start leaving the bars early. I suspect peak periods are just too crowded for them to do the job effectively, though they are present sometimes at peak periods and as I understand could ask anyone at any time, even if they are just in the "fare zone" at the station.

I don't recommend skirting the system. I know it's expensive (too expensive, really), but I ride and I pay for it, RTD needs it's riders to pay their share if they are to survive with as minimal a burden as possible on other tax payers and nearly everytime they have checked fares, I've seen someone caught.

If you are going to ride frequently, I recommend getting at least a 10 ticket farebook (http://www.rtd-denver.com/10Ride.shtml - broken link), or better yet a monthly pass (http://www.rtd-denver.com/MonthlyPass.shtml - broken link) (2-Zone "Local" is $79 / month.) It seems like a lot, but it's far cheaper than owning and operating a car if you have good access to the rail, and the trains still run relatively frequently.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me whether or not they have experienced a RTD employee check or collect vouchers on the light rail? Thanks.
RTD does have fare inspectors and they do so somewhat regularly (I'm asked to show my fare maybe once or twice for every ten times I'm on the light rail). They have 3 types of fare inspectors - uniformed RTD employees, hired security, and even plain clothed police officers.

Generally, you get a warning the first time you're caught (they add your name to a database). The second time you get a $50 ticket. If you don't pay the fine, you'll be charged with misdemeanor theft and a warrant will be issued for you.

I just googled some stats, In 2009, 7,178 tickets were issued for fare evasion on the light rail.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Yep, I too have been "carded" often. Doesn't seem to matter when, off time, peak time. I've been carded as I exited a packed train in the morning commute.

The security is Wackenhut a/k/a privatized police, but that's another thread...
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I don't ride it all that often but I've never seen anyone checked ever (D Line from Mineral to 16th st)
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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I get checked on a regular basis. About every third time I ride.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I've seen it happen quite a few times. I was nodding off one night and a guard actually tapped me on the shoulder and woke me up to make sure I had a ticket.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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In my experience once in ten rides
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I was checked once by a plainclothes cop on a fairly empty train in the middle of the day.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:09 PM
 
Location: western Centennial, CO
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I was checked once by a plainclothes cop on a fairly empty train in the middle of the day.
Just curious if they are actual sworn police officers or just security guards and which jurisdication they are (are they RTD officers?)
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