A 24-hour problem: Public advocate calls for an end to ‘lazy subway safety’ policies


Public Advocate Jumaane Williams told city and state leaders on Monday morning that it’s time to fix another 24-hour problem in the subway system.

With around-the-clock MTA service having resumed after halting due to COVID-19 cleaning precautions, the contentious debate over subway safety is taking over the Big Apple. Many are calling for a greater uniformed NYPD presence both upon subway platforms and riding inside train carriages alongside commuters.

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio approved of an additional supplement of 250 officers to patrol subways. However, there are those who believe more police within the mass transit system will not equate to safer rides, including some train conductors themselves.