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MTA Announces New Plan To Help Curb Homeless Problem In Subways

October 23, 2018 - 7:25 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The MTA and Transit President Andy Byford are cracking down on “disruptive homeless” people inside the city's subways.

Byford said Monday that he will be directing station managers throughout the five boroughs to remove homeless people found taking up multiple seats and making a mess inside stations.

Managers are instructed to work with the NYPD, the Department of Homeless Services and the Bowery Residents Committee to deal with the problems.

“There is a fundamental difference between someone coming in to keep warm and sitting on a seat and dozing off, I don’t really have a problem with that,” Byford said. “But laying across a seat or behaving in an antisocial manner or making a mess is not acceptable.”

When cautioned about the precarious position that homeless people are in, Byford explained that station managers would exercise care but he would not let them affect the comfort of other riders.

The MTA’s new policy draws on fears from riders who have been assaulted or harassed by homeless passengers. Some have also claimed to witness homeless people defecate inside stations and trains.

Though, some MTA board members, like Charles Moerdler, stressed that the new policy was cause for concern and cautioned about dealing with the homeless population recklessly.

New York City currently has at least 62,166 living on the streets, according to statistics from the summer.