Fare Evasion Policy

Overview:

In an effort to improve the experience of its patrons, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has adopted an ordinance to deter fare evasion. Effective April 2018, Caltrain will begin implementing the new proof of payment system for fare enforcement that will establish an administrative process for fare evasion. Caltrain patrons who are cited for fare evasion will receive a notice of violation.

Under the new system, if a Caltrain patron is contacted onboard the train without valid fare, Caltrain Fare Enforcement Agents or San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Deputies will scan/photograph their ID to issue a Notice of Violation for fare evasion. Below is a fine schedule comprising of the most common violations.

Caltrain has a zero-tolerance policy for fare evaders. Passengers must purchase tickets before boarding Caltrain at a Ticket Vending Machine at any train station platform or from their smart phone via Caltrain Mobile. Clipper card users must follow rules pertaining to the product or cash available on the card.

Fines:

Violation 1st, 2nd Offenses 3rd Offense or Greater
640(c)1 PC Fare Evasion per PUC code 99580-99582
  • Administrative Penalty: $75
  • Late Penalty: $25
  • Collection Services or Franchise Tax Board Collection Services: $130
  • Fare Evasion Citation by Transit Police
  • Ejection
  • Exclusion for 90 days
640(c)2 PC Misuse of Fare Media per PUC code 99580-99582
  • Administrative Penalty: $75
  • Late Penalty: $25
  • Collection Services or Franchise Tax Board Collection Services: $130
  • Fare Evasion Citation by Transit Police
  • Ejection
  • Exclusion for 90 days
640(c)3 PC Unauthorized Use of or No Proof of Eligibility for Discount Ticket per PUC code 99580-99582
  • Administrative Penalty: $75
  • Late Penalty: $25
  • Collection Services or Franchise Tax Board Collection Services: $130
  • Fare Evasion Citation by Transit Police
  • Ejection
  • Exclusion for 90 days

If you have a question regarding a fine, please call Customer Service at 1-800-660-4287.