Caught On Video: T Chief Busts A Fare Jumper

Hubbub exclusive: A spokesman for the MBTA just shared this amazing video with me. A surveillance camera was rolling yesterday as a fare jumper at Park Street Station was caught in the act — by none other than the MBTA general manager, Richard Davey. The man appears to get a stern talking-to from the big boss and then leaves.

We asked Davey about it today on Radio Boston:

I was getting on the Red Line yesterday, because I was off to Ashmont Station for an event, and this fellow literally was scaling the fare gate — which is pretty high these days. I didn’t touch him, but I did yell at him. He stepped back down. I did lecture him on the need to pay his fare. …

It was pretty obvious he didn’t have a whole lot of money, so I offered to pay for him. And then he decided that — I don’t know if it was a moral question or if he just wassick  of hearing me, but he decided to wander off to go to the ticket machine on the other side of the station and buy it himself. …

I’m quite sure he didn’t know who I was. I didn’t tell him who I was.

T officials have tried to cracked down on fare evasion in recent years.

5 thoughts on “Caught On Video: T Chief Busts A Fare Jumper

  1. Al Dorman

    This is great video. I can’t help but wonder what that woman thinks she’s doing standing guard there on the other side though…

  2. Jeff F

    “I can’t help but wonder what that woman thinks she’s doing standing guard there on the other side though…”

    She’s bearing witness. It’s a important thing for citizens to do. If things had gone badly, she could have screamed, she could have gotten a cop, she could have taken a picture, etc..

  3. Jeff F

    Btw, I just want to mention how dumb it is to have comments listed in reverse chronological order. If anyone from WBUR reads this – could you please fix this?

  4. Andrew Phelps Post author

    Jeff, re: comments, we have debated this… They used to be in chronological order, but some people said they liked it this way, because it puts the newest content at the top. We’re working on putting in a system that allows the user to choose the order, among other things.