Los Angeles Metro ending free train rides

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — From now on, there’s no free ride on the Los Angeles subway.

The Daily News says an honor system that allowed fare-fudging riders through downtown turnstiles is over.

As of Wednesday morning, turnstiles will be locked at Union Station entrances to the Metro Red and Purple lines. Riders must have a TAP card pre-loaded with at least the $1.50 basic fare to gain access. Locked gates will be phased in at other locations.

On the above-ground Blue Line, which has no turnstiles, sheriff’s deputies will patrol for ticket evaders.

The crackdown ends an honor system in place since 1990 and Metro officials say it will bring in another $7 million in fares.

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