Reports have the MBTA losing more than $35 million annually from fare evaders – people who refuse to pay to ride or don’t pay their full amount.
The new report says about 1 in 5 commuter rail rides are either underpaying or not paying at all.
Keolis, who operates the commuter rail for the MBTA, in its first-ever study unveiled its findings yesterday, April 25.
Keolis said it will look at ways to bring in additional $24 million in revenue annually by addressing the problem.
The MBTA indicated the commuter rail, including the Framingham/Worcester line brings in more than $200 million of revenue annually.
A proposed fare hike, could the commuter rail to bring in almost $235 million in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.