Private Security Guards Hired By the MTA for Subway Stations Are Costing Taxpayers $1M a Month
Fare evasion cost taxpayers $500M this past year, which is why the MTA hired private guards to the tune of $1M a month while attempting to stop turnstile jumpers at NYC subway stations.
The MTA reported the effort at a New York City Council hearing on Monday, explaining that the money is covering the salary of the 200 private unarmed security guards stationed at fourteen problematic NYC Subway stations.
The acting chief of the NYPD's transit bureau says he's witnessed rampant fare beating during patrols of the subway system. according to the New York Post.
Given that fare beaters will cost the MTA an estimated $500 million this year alone. That's a major problem for an agency with an already sizable budget deficit.
NYPD reports that transit crime is up 30.2 percent this year as opposed to 2021, which is why post-pandemic ridership is barely at 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels.
There is hope of positive change, though, as major crime in the transit system decreased by about 13 percent last month when compared to November of last year.'