A major aspect of normal life in the Big Apple returned this month as the city’s subways resumed 24 hour service; with many riders pointing out the terrible conditions throughout the mass transit system.
From human waste and pungent smells to train cars “heavily soiled with blood," the New York City subway is back.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 15, 2021
“Riders of New York City’s subway system are starting to see higher numbers of filthy and even excrement-covered train cars as traffic picks back up. Internal reports from within the Metro Transit Authority catalogs the trash, grime, and human waste that account for a 27% year-over-year increase in the number of soiled cars since May of last year,” reports the Washington Examiner.
“Sometimes you got to switch cars because the pee smell gets so bad,” said one strap-hanger. “And in the mornings, it’s messy. You’ll see coffee spilled all over the floor.”
“You’re seeing a lot more homeless people with a lot more garbage than earlier in the pandemic,” added another.
“Incidents like this are unfortunate,” Metro Transit Authority spokesman Andrei Berman told the New York Daily News. “They’re unsanitary for our customers and deeply unfair and disturbing for transit cleaners. They’re also a reminder of the need for more mental health outreach and social service support in the city and throughout the system.”
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs anti-cop protesters who stormed NYC subway stations
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stamped her socialist seal of approval on the anti-cop demonstrations that occurred in Brooklyn, NY on Friday evening. AOC tweeted support for the protests which included a video of demonstrators jumping over subway turnstiles, yelling insults at police, and chants of “How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D,” according to Fox News.
Ending mass incarceration means challenging a system that jails the poor to free the rich.
Arresting people who can’t afford a $2.75 fare makes no one safer and destabilizes our community.
New Yorkers know that, they’re not having it, and they’re standing up for each other. https://t.co/asvidIe5zV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 2, 2019
In the video (shown below), protesters can be seen jumping turnstiles without paying the fare, while others are holding signs with slogans like “No cops, no fares.” One straphanger who did choose to pay the fare can be heard being yelled at by a protester.
Other videos and images from the same protest that were not shared by Ocasio-Cortez showed banners that said: “Punch that cop!” “Don’t let these pigs touch us,” and “Hit em!”
DE BLAS-ERABLES: Miserable De Blasio to Ride NYC Subway a Few Stops to ‘Prove It’s Safe’
Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to ease New Yorkers’ growing fears regarding the city’s subway system this week; riding the trains a few stops to “prove it’s safe” as commuters worry about violence and the CoVID-19 pandemic.
“It is important to let people know the subways are safe,” the mayor said.
“I like the idea of having a period of time to really emphasize to people that they’re safe, by being out there,” he added.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 14, 2020
“Subway ridership currently sits around 1.7 million trips per day after dramatic drops in the initial weeks and months of the pandemic, as New Yorkers avoided trains and buses for fear of contracting the deadly virus in close quarters,” writes the New York Post.
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