NYC transit scheme to end bus freeloading
NEW YORK - New York City transit officials want to put a stop to bus freeloaders.
Transit officials say data they collected shows about 130,000 riders boarding buses without paying. That means the public transportation system could be losing out on millions of dollars, money it could use to shore up its sagging budget.
NYC Transit Vice President Joseph Smith says the agency has identified the worst routes and bus stops. But it still has yet to implement a plan to stop farebeating.
Fare evaders often get on buses by entering rear doors opened by exiting passengers. Drivers are told not to stop the freeloaders to avoid getting assaulted.
Transit officials say the worst routes for "theft of service" are in the Bronx and Brooklyn.
Does this include women with 3 or 4 school-age kids in tow who think they are entitled to free rides for them and the drivers who acquiesce? I see this happen all the time.