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Dallas Area Rapid Transit
On DART light rail trains there's not really any proactive security. You can get on and no one checks to see if you ever bought a ticket. The DART Police do check tickets sometimes. Guidelines:
- There are usually a pair of them, maybe up to 4. I never see enough to cover the entire train.
- They board at one station and get off at the next.
- One cop boards each car and walks through it checking everyone's ticket.
- If you stand in the stairwell which will face the next station platform (it can vary) you can usually see them waiting on the platform. Get off when the train stops and board the next one after making sure more pigs aren't getting on.
- Don't try to cheap out and buy a reduced pass because the pig will want your DART reduced ID or a student ID or whatever. Just pay up or don't get caught.
- If you get caught they'll write you a ticket etc. etc., I don't really know because I'm not dumb enough to get caught but if you are, tell us all about it.
- Be careful around rush hours. 0600-0900 and 1600-1900 (generous windows) are more dangerous because there are more people, meaning more people who didn't pay, meaning the pigs check more trains. If you're one of 5 people in the whole car in the middle of the day you probably have nothing to worry about (but stand in the stairwell and watch anyway).
- I've never seen them check trains late at night, past 2100 or so. Could be because I never rode the trains much past that time, but still, worth noting.
- Be careful between and around Mockingbird and Cityplace stations. Cops like to use the area surrounding the underground Cityplace station (where they have a large office), and take advantage of the darkness of Cityplace, to catch people unawares. Mockingbird has a bunch of retarded structures and shit for them to hide behind.
- DART Police are real cops with guns and shit and will probably chase you if you run (not certain).
- You can probably get a used day pass off some random shithead in the street for a buck toward his next rock instead of paying $4. Or just find one lying around. Make sure it's for the right day or the cop will think you're trying to pull one over.
Trinity Railway Express
I haven't used the TRE much in a couple of years. When I used it semi-regularly, no one ever checked my ticket. TRE uses the same passes/tickets as DART does (so you could take a bus to light rail, train to TRE, real train to Ft. Worth, etc.) It's not DART police checking tickets but what looks like a TRE employee, probably just a general train-maintaining sort of person who also checks tickets. When I used to ride TRE, someone once told me that I should expect them to check my ticket about once a month if I ride every day. He was an office drone so I assume he meant round-trip commute.
More recently, the one time I rode TRE in quite a while (at least a year) a TRE employee went through and checked everyone's ticket. Turns out I had the wrong pass because the normal day pass doesn't cover TRE anymore. They made me get out at the next station and I had to run to the ticket machine to get a new one before the train left. Either this is an isolated coincidence or you should now expect to be checked every time. They certainly have enough time to check every train car after every station because it is a longer-distance train.
I haven't tried any fare-dodging on TRE but the train cars are large and two-level, so you could board the last car at the end, top level, and watch for someone working their way to the back checking tickets, then slip downstairs and go under them, and come out upstairs behind them. I don't know if they always work front to back though, or if there's someone doing the downstairs at the same time. I doubt there's anyone who really needs to dodge TRE fare here, but if you do I guess you could figure something out.