Beaten Down by Fare-beating

The Story

With the city’s gradual decriminalization of fare evasion, more people are either jumping turnstiles or walking through emergency-exit doors. It appears that increased fare-beating is having a negative effect on MTA revenue, which depends to a large extent on collecting these fees. Even more worrisome, a laissez-faire approach to fare-beating may be a factor behind the spike in subway crime.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Quintupled: The rates of bus and subway fare evasion have increased about five-fold since 2013. Read more.

  2. Knife and Gun: Fewer weapons have been seized and fewer people arrested since the decline in enforcement of fares, and crime on the subways has gone up. Read more.

  3. Serial: Those arrested for fare-beating are often repeat offenders. Read more.

“The most specious argument against prosecuting repeat fare-evaders is that it punishes the poor... The insinuation that some poor people can’t help but be chronic thieves is an insult to the far greater number of poor people who pay their fares.”

Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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