In some parts of the city, the back door of the buses may as well have a "ride for free" sign on them.
Numerous times, our cameras caught lines of people avoiding the front door fare box by pushing through the back door.
"It's running rampant. There's millions of dollars being lost," said one bus driver, who agreed to talk to us if not identified.
He said fare jumping is spinning out of control.
Back door fare-beaters
"There's no police on the bus. There's no one there to stop them," he said.
Passengers know it. There's no need to "sneak or slip" onto the bus. The fare-beaters we observed made free-riding look routine, and the numbers seem to prove it.
New York City Transit admits at least 137-thousand passengers every week steal a free ride. That's a loss of more than one million dollars every a month.