Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?


In 2019, about 53,000 people in New York were issued court summonses for fare evasion. A year later, the city announced that transit police would crack down on those who didn’t swipe  their fare card to get into the subway. Now, after reported efforts by the state government to delay the release of fare evasion enforcement data, the state attorney general launched an investigation into allegations that the crackdown targeted communities of color in New York City. New York City commuters are not happy about the increased police presence in their subway stations, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says that fare evasion is costing the city millions. And New Yorkers aren’t alone in trying to find a balance between keeping systems funded and...

Funded And Affordable: Should Public Transit Be Free?

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