Police Conduct Weekend ‘Fare Biltz’ on Light Rail

SACRAMENTO–

Heavy consequences for catching a free ride on Sacramento’s light rail today. Police were checking tickets at the station on R Street in midtown, and if a passenger didn’t  have one, they got one from officers- a ticket for breaking the law.

“This is a fare blitz, and what we do is check every person on the train,” said Sgt. Doug Voska with the Regional Transit Police.

Dozens of citations were handed out.

Regional Transit usually tries these actions on weekdays, when there are more riders. But they’ve discovered something about weekends.

‘“We did this a couple weeks ago, and got a lot of violations. We thought we’d do it again today,” Sgt. Voska said.

While FOX40 was there, one guy got a citation and minutes later was pulled off another train by police.

Most passengers without tickets say it was an honest mistake.

“It’s a ticket for $150. I never rode before,” said one man. “I’ll probably never ride again, either.”