BX riders upset at token booth closures

(08/02/03) THE HUB - Straphangers across the Bronx are voicing their disapproval over a state plan to shut 62 subway token booths citywide. Six of the booths scheduled to close are in the Bronx. Riders are hoping state lawmakers will go against Gov. Pataki, and keep the booths open.

Once the booths are closed, one concern for Bronx residents is safety. A token booth clerk has the ability to call 911 if necessary, and without them many riders feel they will be all alone in the station. Governor Pataki (R-NY) vetoed the bill the keep the booths open, in part because he says it is the responsibilities of the police to protect riders, not transit workers.

Other riders are worried about the MetroCard machines being able to handle the large amount of people that pass through the stations each day.

The Bronx subway token booths scheduled to closer are:167th StreetFordham RoadBedford Park along the D Subway LinePelham Bay (Number 2 Subway Line)East Tremont Ave. (Number 2 Subway Line)149th and The Grand Concourse (Number 4 Subway Line)

Although no dates have been given, some of the token booths may close by the end of the summer.

 

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