By: Brian Shields - Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:41:07 -0800
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- If you've already paid the fare, it's now perfectly okay to get on a San Francisco muni bus using the back door.
Muni is changing the rules in an effort to speed up service on the bus and light rail systems. The transit agency says it will hire additional fare inspectors for the back of the vehicles to check to make sure people aren't trying to ride for free.
It used to be that everyone had to board through the front door. Under the new system people paying cash must still do so but people with Clipper Cards, valid transfers, or other proof that they paid the fare can get on board using any door.
People who ride Muni on a regular basis know it's quite common for passengers to get on the back of the bus without ever paying the fare. Officials hope the new policy and the additional fare inspectors will reduce that. They hope to cover the costs of the new inspectors through a more efficient bus system and fines collected from those caught without proof of payment.
Some critics worry the policy will make it harder for bus drivers who will have to watch for late boarders in their rearview mirrors. Backdoor boarding became legal at the first of this month.
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