Marathon bombing cited for dip in fare evasion citations

Credit: Getty Images
Since January, there have been a few hundred fewer fare evasion tickets than the same period last year. Credit: Getty Images

The Boston Marathon bombings and the weeks following the attack may account for a slight dip in fare evasion citations handed out in 2013, according to Transit Police.

Since January, MBTA officers issued roughly 2,800 tickets to people caught sneaking into the transit system without paying — a few hundred less than the same period in 2012.

“Part of what could be driving the drop is the two-week period after the Boston Marathon bombing,” said Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan. “The additional Transit Police, National Guardsmen and (state) troopers in the system during that time may have been a deterrent.”

The ramped-up police presence was meant to protect the transit system and comfort passengers following the harrowing terror attack, but Lenehan said one unanticipated result was a reduction in petty crimes.

“Our primary focus was not on writing fare evasion tickets, but reassuring the public and deterring another terrorist act,” Lenehan said.

So-called Part 1 crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, assault and burglary, were down 21 percent in July 2013 compared to last July, Lenehan said.

Last summer, the Transit Police launched Operation Fare Game, a crackdown on fare evasion and other “quality of life crimes” like smoking and harassment. Lenehan said the crackdown has been effective in deterring criminals, and that police plan to continue stocking T stations with additional undercover officers.

Last year, the number of fare evasion citations handed out was far greater than in 2011.

“Not every person caught fare evading is wanted for (a more serious crime), but a lot of criminals are more likely to fare evade,” Lenehan said.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Gunther from 'Friends' talks Central Perk

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."

Local

Central Perk opens in SoHo

Central Perk, of "Friends" fame, is giving out free coffee in SoHo through Oct. 18.

National

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Anheuser-Busch chastised the NFL for its handling of domestic violence cases, making it the first major advertiser to put pressure on the league.

Local

Sen. Krueger dishes on prospect of legal marijuana…

New Yorkers may see the legalization of recreational marijuana use as early as 2015 if State Senator Liz Krueger (D) gets her way. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act will…

Music

FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. But with "FREEMAN," he makes it clear that he's gone somewhere else.

Television

'Outlander' recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Garrison…

Whipping, punching, kicking and a marriage contract. "Outlander" is not for the faint of heart this week with "The Garrison Commander."

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.

MLB

5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.

College

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

Style

Rachel Zoe: New York Fashion Week Spring 15

Rachel Zoe goes 'Glam bohemia' for Spring.

Food

Where to find SweeTango apples

Introduced in 2009, SweeTango — a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar — is a sweet apple with plenty of crunch.

Style

London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.

Food

Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."