Riders still don't feel safe on the subway, but de Blasio insists crime has decreased.
Last Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transit-police chief insisted that “crime is down significantly” on the subways. Two days later, a homeless man was stabbed to death in a Queens station, the third victim this year. Now, a group of labor leaders representing retail, transit and municipal workers say their members don’t feel safe on the rails. The facts show they are right.
The latest murder was like the first two, in February: Someone stabbed a homeless person (thus far unidentified), this time in an Elmhurst M and R station. Two months ago, two homeless people were stabbed to death along the A line, allegedly by an individual with a history of violence.
This year’s three subway murders bring the total tally since March 2020 to 10. Before the pandemic, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority saw one or two murders a year. From 2014 to 2019, it took six years to get to 10 murders. In 13 months, we’ve racked up more than a half-decade’s worth of homicides.
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