Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hiring Fare Inspectors is good business

Chris Day was looking at the Jack Bogdanski post and did some calculations. What he came up with is that hiring fare inspectors is actually a money making venture.

OK another numbers game here. So from what I am reading here is what I come up with:

One Fare Inspector/Supervisor would cost about $100,000.00 a year (including benefits)

If this inspector gave two tickets an hour for an eight hour shift
TriMet =$1,104.00
Portland =$1,696.00

A five day work week that inspector
TriMet =$5,520.00
Portland =$8,480.00

In one year
TriMet =$287,040.00
Portland =$440,960.00

This would be a total of $728,000.00 that one fare inspector could possably generate back into our economy just by giving two tickes and hour, eight hours a day, five days a week and fifty two weeks a year.

Ask any bus driver if they see at least ten fare evations in a shift. To ask the operator to put themselves at risk for a fare is asking alot. Inspectors are trained, have direct communications with police and travel in pairs. Operators are alone and the few minutes it might take for help to arrive is not worth the risk.

Even if only half the tickets given was collected it would still not only pay for that inspector it would increase city revenue. Do the math.

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