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Keep Your Receipts! MTA To Deploy Fare Evasion Team On B44 SBS On December 8

The B44 SBS debuts along Nostrand Avenue. Source: Patrick Cashin / MTA / Flickr
The B44 SBS debuts along Nostrand Avenue. Source: Patrick Cashin / MTA / Flickr

Beginning this Sunday, December 8, the MTA will deploy members of its Eagle Team, the unit dedicated to identifying and fining fare evaders, along the newly launched Nostrand Avenue B44 SBS line.

The new buses launched on November 17 featuring off-board fare collection, meaning riders pay at a curbside machine before the bus arrives. When they board the bus, there is no requirement to display your receipt, but inspectors will do occasional spot checks to provide enforcement. If you cannot provide your receipt, you will be subject to a $100 summons which must be paid within 90 days.

If you do receive a summon, you can still appeal by following directions on the MTA’s Transit Adjudication Bureau website.

Our thanks to Councilman Jumaane Williams and Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo for keeping us posted on this.

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  1. Sorry about that, I have no clue what happened. Ned, if you see this, I wouldn’t object to your deleting all (but one?) of my identical comments – unless you’d prefer to leave them as a testament to my technological ineptitude.

  2. How dare they charge as much as they do for crappy service. How dare they keep two sets of books. How dare they continuously raise fares without improving service.

  3. Perhaps you’d prefer to go back to 1995, when the fare was $1.50 (equivalent to $2.30 in 2013 dollars) but there were no bonuses for purchases over $5, no unlimiteds, no free subway-bus transfers. Personally, I prefer to keep the MetroCard-based discounts.

    Perhaps you get your accounting advice from the disgraced Alan Hevesi. Personally, I’m more inclined to see him as a sham (former) politician trying to score faux-populist points.

    I also would like to see more service and lower fares – and I make sure my elected officials know my feelings on the subject, and I make sure to vote accordingly on Election Day. I hope you do the same.

  4. Those bonuses are a joke and if you truly ride the subways and buses like you claim to, you know there is no point to them today. Lose your card, get your card stolen or leave it at home? You now have a lovely $1 “green fee” as a penalty. It’s a green fee alright. A fee to give these crooks more of your hard earned money.

    Don’t give me that inflation crap. For a large portion of people their pay rate has not kept up with the rate of inflation. If that doesn’t imply to you, congratulations. It must be nice to look down on your fellow man as insignificant ants.

    You want more money you give people better service first.

    Where your Alan Hevesi remark came from is beyond me, but based on your juvenile temper-tantrum on this thread there is no point in commenting to you further and give in to the attention you crave. You’re what we call a troll on the interwebs.

  5. The Hevesi remark came from your two sets of books comment that Hevesi endorsed but was later proven untrue according to Andrew.

  6. The bonuses reduce the fare from $2.50 per ride to $2.38 per ride. I certainly don’t consider them a joke!

    The $1 fee is negligible for anyone who rides on a regular basis.

    You don’t have to like inflation, but it’s a real thing. Expenses go up over time. The bread I buy today is no better than the bread I bought in 1995, but it still costs more in nominal terms.

    You haven’t answered the question. Would you prefer to give up unlimiteds and free bus-subway transfers? I wouldn’t.

    From : “The introduction of the MetroCard and free transfers and discount passes reduced the average fare paid by riders so much that after accounting for inflation, the typical amount paid per trip is 18 percent lower now than in 1996, when the average fare was at its peak. If inflation matches IBO’s projections and the recent pattern of 8.4 percent biennial increases continue, the inflation-adjusted average fare paid by subway and bus riders would return to the 1996 level in 2027.”

  7. “Lose your card, get your card stolen or leave it at home? You now have a lovely $1 ‘green fee’ as a penalty.”

    What was the comparable fee for replacing lost or stolen tokens?

  8. I don’t know about Sheepshead Bay, but I boarded the B44 SBS for the first time this morning in Bedford-Stuyvesant at Nostrand and Madison, and it was a little confusing. I have my unlimited but ran to the machine to get a ticket. There was these MTA security people (about 5) at the stop and people were getting on, in all doors! And the Security team got in too. So I get in and the guy like, “I’m not checking tickets go sit down” and the MTA security people are just milling around inside the bus for a few minutes talking to passengers while people are trying to sit down, or get off. So after they decided the bus was “secure” they got off and the bus took off. I’m not sure how this is suppose to improve service compared to regular bus?

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