I'm not really sure what this is all about actually.
I've been hearing loads of repeat violators getting up to a dozen cites or more and still having no fear of riding Trimet and getting caught without a ticket.
And its common so I don't know what's been going on over at these courthouses but the fare evasion policy as it is is definitely not deterring repeat fare evaders.
The entire idea that $175 is some sort of fair penalty for evading a $2.50 fare is obscene.
Notice how there is no discussion of the low income pass, or reducing fares, or reducing fines.
Just 'we won't throw you in jail for life for evading at $2.50 fare.
I don't know what to think anymore about anything.
If you peruse the Oregonian comments you will see that we have pretty much turned into a nation of heartless barbarians.