Maybe the question is, why is the sheriff doing this; and, more importantly, if the sheriff is doing this, then why is the MTA shelling out money to put in this system, when more enforcement by sheriff would do the job?
Maybe if they hired fare inspectors to do that job, it would make a lot more financial sense.
When I was there last week, they had cops checking for valid fares as people got off at Union Station.
There are some deputies from the LASD's Transportation Services Bureau checking tickets, but most are TSB's fare checkers with deputy backup.
The MTA has no security force any more, MTA contracted with the Sheriff's Department. The
Sheriff is not doing more because they were contracted to do this much. The likelyhood is that the MTA's' analysis sees locking gates as more cost effective than increasing the Sheriff's role.