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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun sending its own police force on its buses and is asking the NYPD to increase its Boys in Blue groups to patrol people’s occupants, authorities said on Wednesday, November 17th.
While the NYPD is currently deploying its Transit Bureau officers at subway stops and on trains, the MTA is testing ways to get police on its thousands of buses that pass through five neighborhoods.
“It’s a challenging part of the equation, with about 6,000 buses moving at any time during the day,” MTA safety director Pat Warren said at the agency’s monthly board meeting. “We’re looking at those high-volume bus lines and times and days right now.”
Transit gurus direct the transfer of some MTA PD officers to buses and negotiate with the NYPD to get street-level officers – not Transit Bureau – as well as other security agents, according to Warren.
While crime has declined in the transit system, the change is part of an effort to lure more cautious riders back, but also to force price circumvention The MTA plans to test back-door boarding with a new hub-and-go fee. system on the OMNY 10 bus line next year.
“We have to deal with this, we’re going on a full-door flight,” said the MTA’s acting. Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber. “We are entering a new phase in the collection of prices in the bus environment, and in the interests of honesty, we need controls along the European model.”
An MTA survey of 123,000 current and obsolete riders in September and October found that their perception of crime and harassment was a major concern among those who have not yet returned to public transportation.
Despite some recent cases where bracelets have been pushed onto the tracks, the system has become safer, and when passengers return from trains and other service disruptions, they become a bigger problem, said Sarah Meyer, MTA’s director of customer service.
“The system has never been more secure, so when they get into the system, they recognize and feel it, but we have to get them into the system first, that’s what we’re focusing on,” Meyer said. “When we get them back, they’ll stay back and they’ll start complaining about things they’ve complained about in the past.”
The latest NYPD statistics show that crime has decreased by 11.9 percent in January-October 2021 compared to the same period last year. All major crimes have decreased except for assaults, which have increased by 29.1 percent.
When a reporter asked Lieber about driving a more positive message and instead emphasized that crime rates had indeed decreased, the transit operator said he wanted to take the riders ’concerns into account and partly blamed the press for reinforcing public fears.
“We need to address the real perceptions of riders that you are creating an echo system,” he said at a news conference after the board meeting. “I’m not going to argue with my riders, and frankly, I think they have a right to feel if they feel vulnerable on the subway platform, they’re entitled to attention, and I want to give them that guarantee of safety.”