Six Bronx token booths will close

(08/01/03) THE HUB - Governor Pataki (R-NY) has vetoed a bill preventing 62 token booths from closing throughout New York City. Six of the 62 booths scheduled to close are in the Bronx.

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. 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 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) says closing the booths is necessary to save money. The Transport Workers Union, who held a small rally outside Governor Pataki's office on Friday, favors keeping the booths open because closing the booths will cut 44 jobs.

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