New Pre-Pay Bus System Debuts In The Bronx

A new Pre-Pay bus system went into effect this Monday on the Bx12 line in the Bronx (running along Pelham Parkway and Fordham Road). Geared towards both making the bus ride faster and curtailing farebeaters, the new system has been lauded by some and questioned by others.

As detailed in the New York Times, the system involves dipping your metrocard into a machine next to the bus and receiving a receipt, instead of paying while boarding. In order to keep riders honest, there will be random checks where inspectors ask riders for their receipts. If a rider failes to produce a receipt, they will receive a fine of $100 for farebeating (up from the old fine of $60).