The MTA referred to the police more rider complaints about the homeless than any other quality-of-life issue, records show.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority forwarded 122 gripes about the homeless to the police for possible action and intervention this year. That’s 42% of the 288 rider complaints the MTA passed along to cops. The second-highest category was graffiti and other vandalism, and third was subway acrobats.
Most of the complaints about the homeless were from riders who felt threatened or endangered, or believed that homeless people posed a danger to themselves, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said.
The NYPD has a homeless outreach unit in the subway. The city Department of Homeless Services, the police and the MTA next month are launching an expanded effort to entice the subway’s homeless to get mental health and other assistance, and to move out of stations and trains.