Fort Collins loses $23K each year from fare skippers

About 2,500 people ride Fort Collins' MAX bus each day, and 6 percent of them don't pay up for their ticket, reports the Coloradoan.

That costs the city $23,000, which represents a 5.4 percent annual revenue loss, Transfort general manager Kurt Ravenschlag told the paper. Many of those fare skippers don't know how to buy one or are running out of time to catch the bus, he said.

Seems like they've got a pretty good chance of getting away with it too--the agency employs three people to conduct random fare inspections:

However, they don't only ride MAX to see if riders bought tickets. They also assist police with investigations of crimes at or adjacent to public transit facilities, testify in municipal court and provide customer help.