Officials Stress Importance of Subway Safety in NYC

Official Denounces Deterioration of Safety in NYC

( – New York City, despite its size and population, was considered relatively safe for a number of years. Since COVID-19, though, it seems safety has rapidly deteriorated to the point where criminal activity has skyrocketed, and it could potentially prove disastrous as the city recovers physically and economically.

According to Kathy Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City, to revive the economy and bring people back, especially white-collar workers, they need to feel safe commuting. “Nowhere is the situation more serious than in mass transit, in our subway,” she said. She also criticized the recent implementation of some criminal justice policies, which she referred to as “mistakes,” that have allowed repeat criminals back on the streets.

MTA Chairman Janno Lieber spoke on the matter as well, pointing to the people who skirt paying, referred to as fare beaters. According to him, it’s not just those who avoid paying fares and those who take up multiple seats in the cars sleeping. It’s the mentally ill people living in the underground tunnels causing concern, as well. For instance, in January, a mentally ill man pushed 40-year-old Michelle Go in front of an oncoming train to her death.

The goal isn’t to put these people in jail, Wylde says, but to enforce laws and make the subway system safer. Lieber doubled down, saying, “We just cannot accept a situation where riders are being attacked” or subjected to bad behavior.

Mayor Eric Adams (D) enacted a subway safety plan he hopes will address these situations, using special units and putting teams in place not just to escort people out but also to help those who genuinely need it. Time is of the essence because the city expects 50% of workers to resume their commutes by the end of March.

Do you think Adams’ plan will have a positive impact, or is more action needed to get the city’s subway system back on track?

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