500 new transit officers to target fare beaters, homeless in subway, buses

Adam Warner
September 13, 2019 - 8:05 am
Transit police subway

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The transit system will be getting hundreds of new officers to protect transit workers—and also crackdown on fare beaters and homeless people.

With the MTA’s largest labor union complaining about the rise in attacks on transit workers, there’s help on the way in the form of 500 new transit officers, who will replace NYPD and other officers who were reassigned to tackle the problem this summer.

Assaults on subway workers are up 39 percent this year, according to Transport Workers Union Local.

In addition to protecting transit workers, they’ll be targeting turnstile jumpers and other fare beaters.

The officers will also be responsible for moving homeless people out of stations and off trains.  

Derek told 1010 WINS’ John Montone that he hopes the new officers will be effective against the fare beaters, who the MTA says is costing the system $225 million a year.

“It’s unfair to me to people who pay a fare every day every night,” Derek said.

“They need the money, so why not. Pay your fare,” another man said.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson isn’t sure it’s fair to target the fare beaters. He says he worries about “over-criminalizing” people who can’t afford to pay.

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