As CBS2’s John Dias reported, they are debating the true extent of crime in the city’s metro system.
“It’s really bad out there,” Middle Village, Queens resident Gurhan Heinert, told Dias.
He said that it was not the pandemic that scared him on the subway, but the violence.
“I don’t take it at night. I get in a taxi or I’ll find an alternative car, ”he said.
While NYPD statistics show that crime has dropped 53% in the five metro so far, MTA Since the number of riders decreased during the pandemic, crime per driver has increased and felony assaults have also spiked in March.
“The police are there, they’re doing great, but there’s something else they need to do for the homeless,” said Nancy Viola, a Jackson Heights resident.
Now, two organizations seem to be playing the blame game.
NYPD Transportation Director Kathleen O’Rielly says shipping officials are “scared” and need to stop, but MTA officials are adamant that they are not.
“No one is saying that crime is rampant and out of control in the metro,” said Transportation Agency interim president Sarah Feinberg. “We’re just trying to put it in a better place. The next three to six months are crucial, in terms of getting back as driver. “
“What we are doing is we are listening to our customers,” said MTA President and CEO Pat Foye.
Foye points to a recent survey conducted by the Transport Authority that 87% of riders are still worried.
“We surveyed our 33,000 customers and customers said they were concerned about crime and harassment. The same is true for our employees, ”he added.
This is happening as other parts of the city are also trying to recover.
The business center will soon more police, starts with Times squareExperience safety in areas that bring a lot of money to the city. Times Square accounts for 15% of the city’s economy – $ 58 billion.
“New York City won’t recover unless Midtown and Times Square do,” said Times Square Alliance Acting President Tom Harris.
The city is also working on it Plan for a safe summer in NYC in the hopes of convincing gang members to trade violent behavior for jobs and sports. Critics say the city should focus more on the arrests.