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So, I'm mildly confused as to why I'm being kicked off of the light rail for not scanning my semester metro pass at station's automatic scanners.

My card is valid, the date and serial number are printed clearly on the back, yet I'm still told that I have to scan it. Why? What valid reason is there for me to have to scan a known-valid card every time I get on to the metro? The meter maids who get on the trains to catch people evading fare can easily tell that my card is valid with their scanners (I was only threatened to get kicked off, not fined for evading the fare.)

I mean, what valid reason is there, besides monitoring where I, and every person who uses the valley metro system with more than a day pass, goes?

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