The next stop of MTA will be poorhouse at this rate.
More and more riders board city buses without paying the ticket, according to new MTA data for the first quarter of 2019.
Cheapskates drive most rampant on local bus routes, where one in every four riders cuts the ticket, which represents A 35 percent increase from the same time period in 2018. Turnstile jumping on the subway is also on the rise, although it remains far less frequent at about 3.9 percent of the riders, the data released in front of the agency's Monday card meeting, shows .
By way of comparison, transit agencies across the world show an average fare reduction of 2.1 percent on subways and 4.1 percent on buses. 1
Yesterday Monday, Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to transfer 500 police officers to patrol subway and bus routes as a deterrent to danger evasion, as well as attacks on MTA personnel.
The focus on deterrence comes after the Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance last year chose to stop criminal charges for most
Arrests and civil summits both initially began after the decision, but summonses have risen about 16 percent since last quarter 2018.
In addition to the NYPD's changing focus, Vance's office will contribute $ 40 million for new security cameras and enhanced desktop designs.
Transit personnel are also planning to extend unharmed danger evasion – enforcement of "Eagle Teams" to local routes as well as Select Bus Service routes, where the drift rate is only 2.6 percent.
Meanwhile, MTA expects to lose another $ 260 million to danger-dodgers over the next year.
"The pay ticket price is simply not optional and skips it is deeply unfair to other customers who pay as well as illegally," said MTA spokesman Maxwell Young.