By Sophia Hall

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Fare dodgers and ticket scammers beware.

The Long Island Rail Road has compiled a list of people who get on trains and repeatedly make excuses to not pay.

We all have bad days and maybe forget our wallets, but Joe Calderone told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall the LIRR has 700 repeat offenders.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall gets details on the scam from Calderone

“Most of our customers are honest, but there are some people who try and scam the system,” said Calderone.

The list of about 700 people is compiled of people who have gotten free rides four or more times.

“If a person is on the list, they can be asked to detrain at the next stop or the police are called,” said Calderone.

Calderone says this is an important issue because it hurts the system because every dollar counts. So far, these fare jumpers have cost the LIRR over $200,000.

Comments (3)
  1. Tom Youngstein says:

    They didn’t say the 700 people were the ONLY fare jumpers; they said 700 of the fare jumpers are on the list. Right?

  2. Gill Bates says:

    The LIRR says they have a list of 700 people that have jumped fares 4 or more
    times and that it has cost them $200,000.

    If the average fare is about $9, that means there have been more than 22,000
    “fare jumps.”

    If these 700 people committed these fare jumps, as the LIRR says, it would mean at least 30 jumps per person on the list.

    Something doesn’t add up here…

  3. Carlos Liriano says:

    the LIRR should give its raiders a least 2 free rides every week to make for the times that the trains are late or not running at all

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