Fine Fine Fine

On the F train, I tried to switch cars before a fellow passenger told me that those particular trains don’t open (they don’t?). Our conversation attracted an MTA worker of the Contractor variety, who warned me that there are a bunch of new fines being implemented on the train. Starting in the next few weeks, they’ll be enforcing and fining passengers for such unforgivable crimes as changing cars while the train is in motion, taking up more than one seat and carrying (heavens!) a book of matches.

As a straphanger, I’m the last one to stop the progress being made on public transit, especially the trains. The movies set in New York City during the 80’s/early 90’s scared me off the train when I was a kid; remember the dilapidated car in Risky Business, and the hobo ghost hobo in Ghost? But this is ridiculous; when I was younger, the bigger boys would ride from 125th to 59th in between the trains and no one got hurt. Maybe people are getting stupider; have you seen the ads where the guy is riding on the outside of the train ? Do people really do that ?

Anyway, does anyone know anything about these new fines?

2 Comments so far

  1. Art (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 1:12 am

    Those ads crack me up, dude. No one ever really does that. Ever. Not even REALLY stupid people. I’ve seen people surf between cars and hang onto the back of the train, but have never seen people hang on the side.


  2. Melissa (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 7:39 am

    I actually heard about the new fines in the news last week. Apparently, there have been about 4 deaths since last June from people falling while passing though cars. The new fine will cost you $75.

    Other new rules and fines include:

    * Placing a foot on a seat or platform bench – $50

    * Wearing skates – $100

    * Standing on a skateboard – $100

    * Riding a scooter – $100

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