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What Really Makes People Feel Safe on the Subway

What Really Makes People Feel Safe on the Subway

New York Governor Kathy Hochul unfurled a subway “safety” plan last week. It included assigning 750 National Guard and 250 state police and Metropolitan Transit Authority officers to the subway—in addition to the 1,000 NYPD officers the mayor added in February—to check riders’ bags. The governor insisted that her plan is designed to protect New Yorkers and keep them riding the trains. “My No. 1 priority is the safety of all New Yorkers,” she said. “Downstate,” she said, “does not function without a healthy subway system that people have confidence in—I have to do this for them.” As a lifelong subway rider here in “downstate,” I can tell from her plan that the governor has only a limited understanding of what we need in the way of “a healthy subway system.” I immigrated to the city in 1994 at age 7, and have been taking the subway—largely on my own from the very beginning—in the three decades since. I rode through the late 1990s, when the transit system saw an all-time high in recorded crimes; …