New York MTA to consider subway, bus ban for repeat criminal offenders

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A New York Transit Authority No. 1 train reaches its South Ferry terminus in May 2019. The Metropolitan Transit Authority will consider a move to ban repeat criminal offenders from its subways and buses.
Ralph Spielman

NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will consider a motion to ban repeat criminal offenders from its subway and bus system at its Wednesday meeting, following introduction of the motion in a committee meeting Monday.

MTA board member Sarah Feinberg, the former Federal Railroad Administration administrator, introduced the motion in the Bus and Subway Committee meeting, indicating her frustration with the New York Legislature’s failure to pass a bill to ban repeat offenders during its just-ended session.

“We are drawing a line in the sand,” she said, “and the public needs to be protected.”

Feinberg’s memorandum supporting the motion said that it was unacceptable to have repeat offenders committing criminal acts within the MTA system; that the MTA, legislature, and law enforcement share responsibility to protect riders and staff; and that law enforcement needs more tools and more support from the criminal justice system.

The motion sparked a subsequent statement of support from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “I thank the members of the MTA Board for their support, and call on our state legislative leaders and the courts to enact the strictest penalties possible so that every rider and worker remains safe in our transit system."

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