Passenger inspection notes photos reports 2016-11-04

Phil Mocek filed this request with the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority of Washington.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # PD16-535
Est. Completion Dec. 19, 2016
Status
No Responsive Documents

Communications

From: Phil Mocek

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

One or more people who appeared to be transit agency staff but did not identify themselves investigated most or all riders (including me) on the northbound Sounder passenger train from Tacoma to Seattle, including the second car from front (304 A), at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2016. I do not know of any reason for the man who investigated me to have suspected me of fare evasion. He did not identify himself. I informed him that I have a monthly transit pass that allows for unlimited travel. He acknowledged this, but insisted that I present proof of such. He seemed to believe that I had committed fare evasion. While I searched for such proof of my innocence, he did not offer to sell fare to me in case I wished to purchase it. I asked him if he would offer to sell fare to those who wished to purchase it. He said that he would not. I suggested that if he wished to ensure that all passengers paid the fare, selling tickets to those who have not yet paid would be a very effective way to do so. He seemed unconvinced. If this unidentified man was, in fact, a public employee, I wish to review the accuracy of any records related to his unwarranted investigations of me and other presumed-innocent transit riders that your staff created during and as a result of those investigations.

I have observed that people appearing to be Sound Transit staff regularly photograph and make written notes about some passengers during their investigations.

I request:
1. The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
2. The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
3. Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras
4. Any electronic "notes" created by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date during the course of performing their job duties on that date
5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date
6. E-mail sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
8. Staff shift roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff
10. Log of use of hand-held transit pass scanner devices (i.e., database of device's RFID contact with cards, etc.) used by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
11. Records of certification of accuracy of the aforementioned hand-held transit pass scanner device
12. Records of software updates to hand-held transit pass scanner device
13. Current budget for fare evasion investigations on Sounder such as that which I described above
14. Reports generated in past three years detailing estimated and/or actual cost of fare evasion on Sounder
15. Notes, memos, e-mails, etc., to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies in past year

Please prevent staff from destroying these public records--some of which were created just minutes or seconds prior to my filing of this request with you--prior to your making them available to the public. RCW 42.56.100 states, "If a public record request is made at a time when such record exists but is scheduled for destruction in the near future, the agency, the office of the secretary of the senate, or the office of the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall retain possession of the record, and may not destroy or erase the record until the request is resolved."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to RCW Ch. 42.56 (Public Records Act), I hereby request the following records:

One or more people who appeared to be transit agency staff but did not identify themselves investigated most or all riders (including me) on the northbound Sounder passenger train from Tacoma to Seattle, including the second car from front (304 A), at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016. I do not know of any reason for the man who investigated me to have suspected me of fare evasion. He did not identify himself. I informed him that I have a monthly transit pass that allows for unlimited travel. He acknowledged this, but insisted that I present proof of such. He seemed to believe that I had committed fare evasion. While I searched for such proof of my innocence, he did not offer to sell fare to me in case I wished to purchase it. I asked him if he would offer to sell fare to those who wished to purchase it. He said that he would not. I suggested that if he wished to ensure that all passengers paid the fare, selling tickets to those who have not yet paid would be a very effective way to do so. He seemed unconvinced. If this unidentified man was, in fact, a public employee, I wish to review the accuracy of any records related to his unwarranted investigations of me and other presumed-innocent transit riders that your staff created during and as a result of those investigations.

I have observed that people appearing to be Sound Transit staff regularly photograph and make written notes about some passengers during their investigations.

I request:
1. The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
2. The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
3. Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras
4. Any electronic "notes" created by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date during the course of performing their job duties on that date
5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date
6. E-mail sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
8. Staff shift roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date
9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff
10. Log of use of hand-held transit pass scanner devices (i.e., database of device's RFID contact with cards, etc.) used by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date
11. Records of certification of accuracy of the aforementioned hand-held transit pass scanner device
12. Records of software updates to hand-held transit pass scanner device
13. Current budget for fare evasion investigations on Sounder such as that which I described above
14. Reports generated in past three years detailing estimated and/or actual cost of fare evasion on Sounder
15. Notes, memos, e-mails, etc., to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies in past year

Please prevent staff from destroying these public records--some of which were created just minutes or seconds prior to my filing of this request with you--prior to your making them available to the public. RCW 42.56.100 states, "If a public record request is made at a time when such record exists but is scheduled for destruction in the near future, the agency, the office of the secretary of the senate, or the office of the chief clerk of the house of representatives shall retain possession of the record, and may not destroy or erase the record until the request is resolved."

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Phil Mocek

From: Tennison, Leigh

This will acknowledge your request for the following records from Friday, November 4, 2016 on the northbound Sounder passenger train from Tacoma to Seattle at approximately 8:15 a.m.:

1. The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date;

2. The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date;

3. Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras;

4. Any electronic "notes" created by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date during the course of performing their job duties on that date;

5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date;

6. Email sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date;

7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date;

8. Staff shift roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date;

9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff;

10. Log of use of hand-held transit pass scanner devices (i.e., database of device's REID contact with cards, etc.) used by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date;

11. Records of certification of accuracy of the aforementioned hand-held transit pass scanner device;

12. Records of software updates to hand-held transit pass scanner device;

13. Current budget for fare evasion investigations on sounder such as that which is described above;

14. Reports generated in past three years detailing estimated and/or actual cost of fare evasion on Sounder; and,

15. Notes, memos, emails, etc., to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies in past year.

We received your request on November 4, 2016.

Given our staffs' workload, vacation schedules, and the number of requests we are currently handling, we estimate that it will take another 4-5 weeks to identify and to gather the responsive records. We will contact you when we have completed our search.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison

Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer

Sound Transit

401 S. Jackson Street

Seattle, WA. 98104

leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org

T: 206.903.7104

F: 206.398.5222

From: Phil Mocek

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please provide a status update on your processing of my Public Records Act request of November 4, 2016. Leigh Tennison at your agency acknowledged my request on November 14, 2016, and stated that you "estimate that it [would] take another 4-5 weeks to identify and to gather the responsive records" but despite five periodic requests for update by me since, I have received no further related contact from anyone at your agency.

Cordially,
Phil Mocek

From: Tennison, Leigh

In regards to records request number PD16-535 for records concerning November 4, 2016, your request was forwarded to the Security Operations Center for staff to search and gather responsive records. Listed below are specific responses to your individual requests:

1. The content of those notebooks used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

2. The content of those cameras used by staff who worked the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date.

Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. Any pictures used for citations and/or warnings would be included with the court packages.

3. Images captured by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date that are no longer on their cameras.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. Any pictures used for citations and/or warnings would be included with the court packages.

4. Any electronic "notes" created by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date during the course of performing their job duties on that date.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

5. All reports filed by the aforementioned staff on that date and/or in regard to their work duties on that date.

Staff located 1 ticket list report totaling 1 pages. All reports filed by staff are attached.

6. Email sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date.
Sound Transit is still in the process of searching for emails and will contact you when we have completed our search.

7. Warnings, notifications, and citations pertaining to suspected fare evasion authored by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

8. Staff shift roster applicable to the aforementioned train on the aforementioned date.

Staff located 1 shift roster totaling 1 page. Shift roster is attached.

9. Records of certification, licensing, bonding, and training of the aforementioned staff.

Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records.

10. Log of use of hand-held transit pass scanner devices (i.e., database of device's REID contact with cards, etc.) used by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date.

Staff located the attached equipment sign-out log totaling 2 pages.

11. Records of certification of accuracy of the aforementioned hand-held transit pass scanner device.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. The scanning devices will either read a card or show a failure to read.

12. Records of software updates to hand-held transit pass scanner device.
Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. The application updates itself.

13. Current budget for fare evasion investigations on Sounder such as that which is described above.

Sound Transit is not in possession of any responsive records. Sound Transit does not budget for fare evasion.

14. Reports generated in past three years detailing estimated and/or actual cost of fare evasion on Sounder.

Staff located Fare Inspection Data for 2014-2016 totaling 3 pages. See attached.

15. Notes, memos, emails, etc., to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies in past year.

Sound Transit is still in the process of searching for emails and will contact you when we have completed our search.

As noted above, we will contact you when we have concluded the appropriate email searches.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
401 S. Jackson Street
Seattle, WA. 98104
leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org<mailto:leigh.tennison@soundtransit.org>
T: 206.903.7104
F: 206.398.5222

From: Tennison, Leigh

In regards to records request number PD16-535 for records concerning November 4, 2016, your request was forwarded to the Security Operations Center for staff to search and gather responsive records. This is in response to number 6 below:

6. Email sent or received by the aforementioned staff on the aforementioned date.
Staff downloaded the attached PDFs with emails sent and received by the fare enforcement officers from this date.

We are continuing to search our system for emails responsive to number 15. We should have something for you within the next three weeks.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Assistant to Q'Deene Nagasawa, Public Records Officer
Sound Transit
T: 206.903.7104

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From: Tennison, Leigh

We have completed our search in response to your request for emails to fare evasion investigation staff concerning fare evasion investigation policies in past year.

Staff completed a search of all Sound Transit emails using the date parameters between November 1, 2015 and November 4, 2016, and using the search term "fare evasion". We were unable to locate any responsive records.

This completes our response and we will close this request file.

Sincerely,

Leigh Tennison
Project Coordinator
Sound Transit
T: 206.903.7104

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