3507185055_c5feb41ea2.jpgPhoto of inspector #32: Plug1

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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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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