Officials with the TTC believe an unusual rise in student Metropass sales recently may be related to fraud.
At the TTC’s board meeting on Thursday, adult monthly pass sales were reported to have declined about 5%, while student pass sales increased by approximately the same percentage.
It was suggested in the meeting that fraud may be at hand, since the increase does not correspond with school enrollment numbers.
Post-secondary students require TTC-approved photo ID to buy a pass, but after the purchase there are few monitors in place to prevent a student from selling that pass again.
Potential savings for an individual using a student pass instead of an adult pass are about $30 a month, considering an adult pass is $141.50 compared to the post-secondary student Metropass at $112.
Total yearly savings could equate to about to $360 a year.
No immediate solutions were revealed at the board meeting, but suggestions included random pass inspections from TTC staff.
Penalties are stiff, with fines of between $235 and $425 on conviction for offences related to fare evasion, under the Provincial Offences Act.