Despite warning signs and advertisements asking riders to pay their $2.75 subway fare, turnstile-jumping continues to increase, and it will cost the MTA $300 million this year. Ever since the NYPD and local district attorneys announced that they would ease up on prosecution of fare-beating, the practice has predictably escalated. Advocates of leniency claim that enforcement is selective and punitive, but making sure that people pay for their subway ride not only helps keep the system running–it also keeps it safe.
The Facts You Need to Know
Arrest: Stopping fare-evaders continues to result in the apprehension of violent criminals and carriers of illegal guns. Read more.
Poor: Advocates complain that enforcement “criminalizes poverty,” but the city already subsidizes 50% of the fare for the poor—most of whom don’t jump the turnstile. Read more.
Beat: On-site enforcement has been shown to eliminate fare-beating. Read more.
"This is a culture that’s sort of developed over the last few years that we are going to have to try to change."
We’re now in the MTA’s finance committee, getting an update on fare evasion. Here are some slides from Patrick Warren, the MTA’s chief safety officer. Visible police presences understandably eradicates fare evasion, as the first slide shows. pic.twitter.com/6eKkGGaiKw— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) October 21, 2019
The Past is Present
“The NYPD has taken fire (literally and figuratively) from all fronts lately. But to see how hard it is to keep New Yorkers safe, look at the latest subway-crime stats.”
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