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Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2111, which will enable Sound Transit fare enforcement officers to print out and issue citations notices of infraction to fare evaders on the spot, as previously reported here, here, and here, came up for a vote in the House Monday. The House voted to concur in the Senate amendment and pass the bill, 95-3.

The Senate accepted the striking amendment offered by the Senate Transportation Committee on Friday, and then passed the bill as amended, 38-11. The effect of the amendment was simply to remove the requirement for the citation notice of infraction to include the information about the citee’s personal vehicle. Since the citations notices of infraction fare enforcement officers issue are for fare evasion, personal vehicle information is irrelevant. Without having to include space for this information, the citations notices of infraction can be printed by portable printer devices small enough that officers can carry the printers with them.

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk, where there is no reason to believe he won’t sign it. The law is expected to go into effect 90 days after adjournment of the session (March 13), which would be June 11.

11 Replies to “Sound Transit Will Soon Be Able to Issue Notices of Infraction On the Spot”

    1. No. This bill, as written, only applies to “an authority,” which is defined in the unmodified portion of law as a Regional Transit Authority. Only one RTA currently exists: the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, the legal name of Sound Transit. The amended law applies to ST-contracted services, so Central/Tacoma Link Light Rail, Sounder, and Sound Transit Express Bus.

      Separate sections of law allow for fare infractions by municipal-owned transit systems (Metro, Pierce Transit, and so on) but they weren’t modified. Whether those systems are allowed to use a streamlined process similar to this on their governing body’s existing authority is murky at best and, in all likelihood, not allowed.

      1. wow … thanx for the detailed response (was only expecting yes or no).

        Seems like we should push for equivalence for Metro Rapid Ride (and Swift as well) enforcement so that there is consistency in how fares are enforced in the region.

  1. Thank you for bird-dogging this one all the way through, Brent. The existing procedure is just dumb.

  2. So a corporate employee can now issue a citation to me? Interesting. Arrests won’t be far behind.

    1. As per the text of the Engrossed Substitute Bill, they technically cannot directly cite you. They can:

      (i) Request proof of payment from passengers;
      (ii) Request personal identification from a passenger who does not produce proof of payment when requested;
      (iii)(A) Issue a notice of infraction to passengers who do not produce proof of payment when requested.
      (B) The notice of infraction form to be used for violations under this subsection must be approved by the administrative office of the courts in the same manner as for parking, standing, and stopping infractions; and
      (iv) Request that a passenger leave the authority facility when the passenger has not produced proof of payment after being asked to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment.

      1. By the way, this authority is only extended to “regional transit authorities” as per the definition in RCW 81.112.020. So it’s not extended to private corporations.

      2. Brent, I wasn’t trying to police your grammar. And looking it over, I’m less than comfortable with my understanding of the law. I misread the context to imply that a notice of infraction was a precursor to citation, but that’s clearly not the case.

        Further research hasn’t turned up a clear definition of “citation.” Civil infractions are laid out in RCW 7.80, but 7.80.150 uses the term “citation” to refer to the physical and output of an electronic device.

        So I ask that you please consider my first comment to be noise. :)

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