The Gazette asks whether the STM’s fines make sense but doesn’t come to any conclusion.
I find odd that the STM can be so draconian in the metro, while on the bus the situation is so casual. There are buses with bad card readers where the driver will just wave people past, to keep things moving. There are riders whose fares don’t read, or for some reason their change doesn’t register, and after a try or two, they get waved past as well. Some people may be trying this in bad faith but most, I think, are not, and the driver’s priority is to keep to schedule and – in some situations – avoid a conflict.
I’m also a little curious how many people are able to get into the metro without paying, and how. I’ve never noticed a lot of turnstile-leaping going on.