A new decision by the
Now, the maximum penalty for a fare dodger is a $50 fine.
Going back to 1978, fare evasion had been punishable by a $300 fine and a possibly a ten-day jail sentence.
The bill also decriminalizes other minor metro infractions, such as eating food and drinking while riding through the system.
The decision comes at a time when metro enforcement officers have been criticized for harsh crackdown tactics against fare dodgers including rough physical take downs and the use of pepper spray.