Wednesday, August 29, 2012

U.S. Taxpayers Are Gouged on Mass Transit Costs - Bloomberg

U.S. Taxpayers Are Gouged on Mass Transit Costs - Bloomberg: "Littlefield also argues that judges in New York routinely side with contractors in disputes with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “In the private sector, if you rob your customer, you will suffer a hit to your reputation and possible losses in the courts,” he said in an interview. “Not so if you rob an agency like the MTA. Then it’s all rights and no responsibilities.”"

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Another good reason why public transit should be fare-free

Harlem teen says she was cuffed, held in MetroCard flap - NY Daily News: "Cops roughed up and handcuffed a Harlem student after mistakenly believing that the 15-year-old was too old to use a student MetroCard, the teen claims.

And now the NYPD has opened an investigation into the allegation, the Daily News has learned.

Alexis Sumpter, 15, wasn’t arrested or given a summons during the July 26 interaction — but she says she was shaken and humiliated by the experience.

“They called me liar,” she remembers. “Then they grabbed me by my arms and flung me up the stairs. I kept saying, I’m only 15 — why are you guys doing this?

“They said they didn’t owe me an explanation,” she said.


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