Jumping the Subway Turnstile Is Getting Expensive

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The New York State Senate passed a bill yesterday that will raise the maximum penalty for subway fare evasion from $100 to $500, as well as double the fine for not paying from $50 to $100. A report found that 18.5 million people skipped fares in 2009, costing the MTA $31 million, and indicating that a routine fare-beater could only expect a ticket every six to thirteen weeks. With the fine at $100, that's actually cheaper than buying a weekly MetroCard, but those days appear to be coming to an end. Math!