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Over a month ago, we talked about how Muni inspectors were focusing their fare dodger crackdowns on trains, not buses. Back then, MTA spokesperson Judson True told us that “TFIs (that’s Transit Fare Inspectors) on buses are definitely the next frontier, but we’re not fully there yet.”

But maybe we’re there now? We’ve gotten four notes this week from readers who noted TFIs on buses. Most recently, we heard a report of TFI #32 (no word on if anyone tried to take his picture) checking for proof of payment on the inbound 71.

We emailed True for an update on the fare dodge crackdown, aka Operation Saturation, to see if it was actually branching out beyond the Muni Metro and into the bus.

Until we hear back, let’s chat: what bus lines would you like to see TFIs on? This correspondent’s vote goes toward the 22, especially at the 16th and Mission stop. What about you?

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  • Fred

    Certainly well-trained fare inspectors would be a welcome sight on any line. Of the lines I routinely ride, the 48 seems to have the most rear-door boarders, particularly near 24th & Mission.

  • Fred

    Certainly well-trained fare inspectors would be a welcome sight on any line. Of the lines I routinely ride, the 48 seems to have the most rear-door boarders, particularly near 24th & Mission.

  • Eve Batey

    Certainly well-trained fare inspectors would be a welcome sight on any line

    Absolutely! But if one had to pick (they certainly can’t be everywhere), I do think that the 48 is an excellent choice. I’m jealous I didn’t think of that one. Now I want to switch!

  • Eve Batey

    Certainly well-trained fare inspectors would be a welcome sight on any line

    Absolutely! But if one had to pick (they certainly can’t be everywhere), I do think that the 48 is an excellent choice. I’m jealous I didn’t think of that one. Now I want to switch!

  • eltejano

    The 38

  • eltejano

    The 38

  • Becca Klarin

    The 9x/30/45 stops on 3rd and 4th at Market, hands down.

  • Becca Klarin

    The 9x/30/45 stops on 3rd and 4th at Market, hands down.

  • Becca Klarin

    Oh, and the 24 going southbound on Divis at Geary, especially in the afternoons when the nearby school gets out.

  • Becca Klarin

    Oh, and the 24 going southbound on Divis at Geary, especially in the afternoons when the nearby school gets out.

  • Mario

    The 22 especially between Fillmore & Geary and Church & Market and then again between 16th and Mission and 16th and Potrero.
    The 24 especially between Divisadero & Geary and Castro & Market.

    Both the 22 and 24 are especially full in the afternoon/evening, so it makes rear-boarders that much more aggravating. It also seems that the fuller the bus, the more arrogant rear-boarders are, perhaps they can not be seen by the driver and also because someone is bound to get off and leave the door open?

    The 38/38L and the 14/14L/49, practically everywhere, especially since they are articulated and the bus driver won’t even be heard if he calls out rear-boarders.

    Now that I am writing this I realize that these are the areas with highest ridership and lowest income. I am not sure which correlates best with rear-boarding, but I presume some of both. Either way, a lot of low-income people still pay their fares so it is unfair to have others leech off of them.

  • Mario

    The 22 especially between Fillmore & Geary and Church & Market and then again between 16th and Mission and 16th and Potrero.
    The 24 especially between Divisadero & Geary and Castro & Market.

    Both the 22 and 24 are especially full in the afternoon/evening, so it makes rear-boarders that much more aggravating. It also seems that the fuller the bus, the more arrogant rear-boarders are, perhaps they can not be seen by the driver and also because someone is bound to get off and leave the door open?

    The 38/38L and the 14/14L/49, practically everywhere, especially since they are articulated and the bus driver won’t even be heard if he calls out rear-boarders.

    Now that I am writing this I realize that these are the areas with highest ridership and lowest income. I am not sure which correlates best with rear-boarding, but I presume some of both. Either way, a lot of low-income people still pay their fares so it is unfair to have others leech off of them.

  • Becca Klarin

    I ride the 21 every morning, and we end up having tons of rear boarders, especially at the major intersections like Divis (is it really Diviz? Don’t know if I can handle the z-factor…) and Fillmore. I don’t think this is a low income thing, though, at least not on this bus. I just think it’s a mass mob mentality.

  • Becca Klarin

    I ride the 21 every morning, and we end up having tons of rear boarders, especially at the major intersections like Divis (is it really Diviz? Don’t know if I can handle the z-factor…) and Fillmore. I don’t think this is a low income thing, though, at least not on this bus. I just think it’s a mass mob mentality.

  • Jeremy_ofSF

    The 19 Polk!

    From Fisherman’s Wharf to Hunter’s Point by way of Polk Street, SOMA, and the Potrero. I’ve had some crazy experiences on a couple different legs of it. I’ve always thought it would be a fun field trip to ride it for a whole lap sometime.

  • Jeremy_ofSF

    The 19 Polk!

    From Fisherman’s Wharf to Hunter’s Point by way of Polk Street, SOMA, and the Potrero. I’ve had some crazy experiences on a couple different legs of it. I’ve always thought it would be a fun field trip to ride it for a whole lap sometime.

  • Whole Wheat Toast

    Put them on the 19-Polk, especially during PM rush hour when all the kids from Galileo rush through the back doors even though the drivers disable them (they keep pulling on the doors until it gives way). Don’t forget to saturate Chinatown, lost of fare-evaders there!

  • Whole Wheat Toast

    Put them on the 19-Polk, especially during PM rush hour when all the kids from Galileo rush through the back doors even though the drivers disable them (they keep pulling on the doors until it gives way). Don’t forget to saturate Chinatown, lost of fare-evaders there!

  • designeraddict

    The 38 Geary gets my vote, too.

  • designeraddict

    The 38 Geary gets my vote, too.

  • generic

    Definitely true about the crackdowns on trains, though.

    I’ve been asked for my Translink card 4 times the past month on the K Ingleside. (But always on the inbound direction.)

  • generic

    Definitely true about the crackdowns on trains, though.

    I’ve been asked for my Translink card 4 times the past month on the K Ingleside. (But always on the inbound direction.)

  • tonga08

    Let’s start with the biggest line in the city that moves the most people everyday with the biggest buses…38, 38L…not so much the commuter buses, the ridership is mostly well behaved on the expresses.

  • tonga08

    Let’s start with the biggest line in the city that moves the most people everyday with the biggest buses…38, 38L…not so much the commuter buses, the ridership is mostly well behaved on the expresses.

  • carbonXT

    The 14! Followed by the 38.

  • carbonXT

    The 14! Followed by the 38.

  • Diane

    The 38, especially on weekend nights.

    Any of the rail lines: N, L etc. – in the middle of their run and not at one of the downtown stations.

  • Diane

    The 38, especially on weekend nights.

    Any of the rail lines: N, L etc. – in the middle of their run and not at one of the downtown stations.

  • nomonja

    30 Stockton BUS!!! The amount of people that get on the bus through the back door, and additionally wave expired Muni Passes from months or years prior is stunning..

  • nomonja

    30 Stockton BUS!!! The amount of people that get on the bus through the back door, and additionally wave expired Muni Passes from months or years prior is stunning..

  • Mike

    I can tell you if you don’t want to be fare checked, don’t exit at Powell Station. I probably get checked there 50% of the time.

  • Mike

    I can tell you if you don’t want to be fare checked, don’t exit at Powell Station. I probably get checked there 50% of the time.

  • Larry-bob Roberts

    Is it really fair to have to pay if there isn’t a seat?

  • Larry-bob Roberts

    Is it really fair to have to pay if there isn’t a seat?

  • DT

    Where I have witnessed rear boarding sans TransLink: 28 (especially at Geary and Judah), 38, 47, 49, 31 (between Powell and Divisadero), 30, 1, 43 & 44 at Judah. 44 at Clement & Geary, and every line in the vicinity of any school or college when classes let out.

  • DT

    Where I have witnessed rear boarding sans TransLink: 28 (especially at Geary and Judah), 38, 47, 49, 31 (between Powell and Divisadero), 30, 1, 43 & 44 at Judah. 44 at Clement & Geary, and every line in the vicinity of any school or college when classes let out.