Laying out MTA police at turnstiles at three major subway stations deterred virtually all ticket prices there, the agency said Monday.
Between Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, MTA police stationed at 34th Street-Penn Station, 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal and Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, according to a study uncovered at the agency's monthly board meeting.
While unmanned entrances at these stations saw anywhere from four to 46 turn-jumpers between 7 p.m. At 8am rush, almost all the punishments ponied up on the manned bars, the anecdotal reports found.
Penn Station and Atlantic Avenue entrances saw no hazard beaters, while 42nd Street logged just two over four days.
Danger Avoidance reports are on the rise, but the MTA partially attributed that increase to improved alertness and data collection.
The study was uncovered in the midst of the debate on how to best squeeze in turnaround when the agency tries to justify y the costly recent hiring of 500 new transit people to patrol subways and buses.
"Is it really necessary to have a fully qualified policeman to do this job?" asked board member David Jones, suggesting that the MTA had similar "meter maids."
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But that division of labor also drew scrutiny, with board member Bob Linn noting that danger avoidance runs much more rampant on city buses than on rails – so much so that the five worst bus routes bleed as much money as the 50 worst subway stations.
"The idea of putting half the police on the buses and half on the subways doesn't make sense," he said.
Larry Schwartz, a longtime ally with Prime Minister Aandrew Cuomo, advocated the return – and reinforcement – of the widely despised emergency exit alarms to discourage riders from skipping turnstiles.
"I don't know why it doesn't sound like a fire alarm going off, where there is almost deafening noise," he said.