NJ Transit Cracks Down on Fare Beaters

Officials estimated the agency loses around $3 million a year in counterfeit ticket use

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    New Jersey Transit and law-enforcement officials are cracking down on the use of counterfeit tickets. Brian Thompson reports.

    New Jersey Transit and law-enforcement officials are cracking down on the use of counterfeit tickets.

    In a Monday morning crackdown, six people were found using counterfeit tickets on NJ Transit trains into New York City. More than 200 arrests have been made in the past two years, officials said.

    "Let me be crystal clear: If you are using a counterfeit ticket, we will catch you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you," said NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo.

    Officials estimated the agency loses around $3 million a year in counterfeit-ticket use.

    Among other measures, the agency will begin printing passes on new paper stock and using holograms, which will change each month. Conductors will have ultraviolet flashlights to check for fake weekly and monthly passes, officials said.

    "The new procedures being implemented today will protect the interests of our law-abiding customers, and protect the interests of hardworking New Jersey taxpayers," NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein said.

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