Young fare cheats cost the MTA millions

Almost half of the fare cheaters on New York City’s subways are children, and they are costing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority millions. According to an unofficial MTA report, 43% of scofflaws are children, most of whom duck under the turnstiles. The New York Daily News spoke with some mothers who did not pay for their children to ride. “We pay for every little thing, and the fare is too expensive to begin with,” one said. “I don’t feel guilty. Another mom added, “No one’s ever stopped me, and until they do, we’ll keep doing this.” Some staffers speculate that riders are just not familiar with MTA rules, which require children over 44 inches tall to pay a fare. The authority is considering posting information about the 44-inch rule near the turnstiles. Link to full story in New York Daily News.

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