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Metro Rail riders losing benefit of the doubt

Fare cheaters among the reasons NFTA is overhauling its fare collection system; expert says the $22M plan is a "waste"

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Come next summer, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority plans to abandon its honor system to ride Metro Rail. Instead, it will require riders on the underground portion of the transit line to pay and pass through a turnstile to board a train.

The change is intended, in part, to discourage riders from boarding without paying a fare at Metro Rail’s eight underground stations.

“It’ll make it a little easier on the officers because it’ll be a very clear barrier that people will know, without a doubt, that if you go through this turnstile, you need a ticket,” said George Gast, NFTA’s police chief. For more on this story, please visit the Investigative Post website.

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