NYPD watching MTA MetroCard machines for vandalism

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) — A broken MetroCard machine can bring your commute to a halt.

During the June New York City Transit Committee meeting at MTA Headquarters, a chief representing the NYPD Transit Bureau said the department has conducted special operations at stations with a history of broken machines.

Often the machines are jammed in order to force riders to buy a swipe from someone standing near the turnstyle, the officials said.

Six arrests were made in May, according to the NYPD, at the East Broadway and 116th Street/Lexington stations.

More operations are planned and the number of arrests is expected to climb.

1 Comment

  • Andy Martell

    Its crazy, this specific station has had this problem for years. Hustlers are given opportunities to make revenue from single metro rides for cash due to the broken machine.Its a little disappointing how this is just getting noticed by media sources.

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