NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Transit officials on Friday said police have not issued any fines to riders on city subways and buses.
On Monday, the MTA began a new policy of issuing $50 fines to anyone who was seen inside a subway station, on a subway train, commuter train or on a bus without a face covering.
NYC Transit’s chief customer officer Sarah Meyer spoke to WCBS 880 anchor Joe Avellar, saying the mask enforcement is “definitely a process.”
“I'm really, really proud of our colleagues and our customers because we are seeing over 90% compliance of mask wearing on the subway and the buses,” Meyer said. “So, we’re doing well.”
She notes, however, that this week was the first week of the MTA’s new $50 fine, and they’ve seen mask compliance already begin to increase because of it.
Meyer says MTA police officers and Bridges and Tunnels officers have spoken to over 1,700 MTA customers to encourage them to wear masks.
“And they didn’t have to write a single ticket,” Meyer adds. “That's what we're trying to do, is just increase mask compliance. The last thing we want to do is write tickets, but we want to make sure that everybody is wearing a mask.”
During the week, she says officials have been reminding everyone to cover their nose and mouth to stop the spread of COVID.
On Thursday, all police officers were also reminded that the rule applies to them as well, after an NYU student filmed two NYPD officers in the subway who were not wearing masks or standing six-feet apart from one another.
A New York Times report claimed over 170 New York City transit workers were harassed or assaulted, since April, for asking passengers to wear their masks. One 62-year-old bus driver tells the paper he was even rendered unconscious after a customer punched him after he reminded them of the mask mandate.