On January 3, 2023, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin was quoted by NBC 4:
Yesim Sayin, executive director of the nonprofit think tank D.C. Policy Center, told the I-Team it’s too soon to say what success looks like for the fare crackdown campaign. She noted the estimated money lost to fare evasion is tiny compared to Metro’s $4.8 billion annual budget.
“This is not for money. This is generally to increase the sense of safety,” she said, later adding: “It’s about sending a signal that the system is trying to be fair to everyone who pays. I think that’s an important signal.”
Read more: Two Tickets in DC? Metro Says ‘Pleasant Surprise’ as Fare Evasion Crackdown Starts Slow | NBC 4
Related: What is the impact of fare evasion in D.C.? | D.C. Policy Center