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USShelter in a subway storm: As MTA delays caused by homeless increase, the city’s response falls short

12:15  16 june  2019
12:15  16 june  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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“New Yorkers want homeless people in the subway to receive the right interventions that will help them get back on their feet,” de Blasio said in a statement. “There is no criminal justice or policing solution to homelessness in New York City . People avoid services and shelters for a variety of legitimate

Naturally, City Hall’ s response to that news was: more of The city ’ s homelessness crisis is grinding the subways to a The MTA reports that homeless -related incidents spiked “New Yorkers want homeless people in the subway to receive the right interventions that will help them get back on

Shelter in a subway storm: As MTA delays caused by homeless increase, the city’s response falls short© Jefferson Siegel

It’s not your imagination: The homelessness crisis is aggravating the poor performance of our subway system. For the sake both of our homeless and everyday straphangers, time for stronger medicine.

In 2017, the Transit Authority recorded 418 subway delays attributable to homeless individuals; in 2018, that total spiked to 659. In the first quarter of this year alone, the numbers shot up to 313.

The city responds with something it calls the Subway Diversion Project. Color us skeptical.

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The MTA in recent years has knowingly released data on subway delays that misled the public and “obscured” the system’ s decline, according to City Comptroller The MTA has already stopped using the wait times metric and has a new subway performance dashboard with delays separated into six

More police officers have been sent into the New York City subway to address the large number of homeless people sleeping on trains during cold winter nights, the police said. The officers’ objective is to offer services to the homeless people, from shelter to hospitalization

Launching July 1 in Manhattan, it aims to get people who lay down or camp out in the subway the services they need to address what are typically serious underlying problems. Instead of cops issuing a civil summons for violating a transit rule, an individual will get connected with city-contracted social workers. If the individual accepts, the summons goes away.

It’s noble to try to deliver homeless people the aid — typically mental-health and substance-abuse services — they need to put their lives back together. It’s smart to try to interrupt a cycle whereby police, who have better things to do, wind up rousting the same people over and over again.

But we find it hard to believe that the incentive of summons forgiveness will get a population with far deeper demons on the right track.

Nor should we rule out the possibility that this problem is getting worse because farebeating enforcement has lightened up.

Everyone who goes through the turnstiles has the right to ride the subway. Nobody has the right to turn a bench into a bed, or a car into a toilet. There are shelters and bathrooms, lots of them, for that.

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