Citing concerns about the safety of employees and customers, the transit agency plans to launch a 90-day fare enforcement campaign starting April 27.
It will take place at key rail stations and along certain bus routes, according to Metro.Uniformed Metro Transit Police officers will be deployed to enforce fare collection. After a two week warning period, fare evaders will be issued citations.
On Tuesday, the transit agency released images of suspected fare evaders jumping fare gates and walking through emergency gates.
News of this crackdown comes just a couple of weeks after Metro says a woman stabbed a station manager at the Stadium-Armory station after being told she could not ride for free.Metro says assaults on its employees rose 37 percent in 2014.