On behalf of NYNJ.com, we do not condone any of the behavior seen below. While we do not endorse jumping the turnstile, we can appreciate watching others do it, strictly from an entertainment point of view.
Created in November, Gothamist and the MTA put together a wonderful compilation of turnstile jumpers from all different walks of life. I strongly recommend watching the video in its entirety.
The MTA estimates they will lose $215 million in revenue annually from subway and bus fare evasion. With many commuters complaining about service decline and delays, the amount of jumpers has risen. In 2017, the Manhattan DA said it would end the prosecution for theft of service. While you may not be prosecuted, if caught you will receive a $100.00 summons and still have to pay the $2.75 fare.
Whatever your style, jumping, slipping, dancing or walking through an open emergency door, the problem is only getting worse. In 2013, there was an estimated 210,000 fare beaters on buses and 109,000 on subways. In 2018, there was an estimated 379,000 fare beaters on buses and 242,000 on subways.
The MTA has been approaching the fare evasion with a hands off policy as the estimated $215 million is a small percentage of their $16.6 billion annual budget. The agency is facing a $1.6 billion deficit by 2022.
What are your thoughts on this trend? Do you think mass transit should be free?