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.