NYC Subway Riders Need Help!

Cuts in MTA staff in subway stations leave transit riders lost, feeling unsafe. Vendors and repair staff are reluctantly picking up the slack.
October 8, 2009, 2pm PDT | Alek Miller
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"Subway station agents, once mandatory for selling tokens, have suffered a slow road toward obsolescence. Booth closings began earlier this decade, after transitofficials decided they were an antiquated antecedent to MetroCards and their colorful kiosks.

But riders said they liked having the agents around, particularly at night as a deterrent against crime. A compromise plan in 2005 reoriented the job toward customer service, placing some clerks outside the booths to better assist riders. Now that program is being wiped out."

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Published on Thursday, October 8, 2009 in The New York Times
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