LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is cracking down on commuters who board Metro trains without paying the fare.
Up until Wednesday, the Red and Purple subway lines operated on an honor system and as a result, many people rode trains for free.
A 10:30 a.m. news conference outlined the new policy requiring TAP cards for riders.
The TAP card is a durable plastic card that contains a smart chip that allows travelers to buy and electronically load Metro passes, some regional and local transit line passes, electronic cash, or any combination of the three.
“You’ll need this TAP card to pass through the turn styles . . . Over the summer, we’ll be latching the gates throughout the Red Line and Purple lines,” Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales said.
By the end of Feb. 2014, 41 of Metro’s 81 rail stations will be latched on the rail system across Los Angeles.