Following a track fire that crippled subway service last week, MTA vice chairman Fernando Ferrer is concerned about an apparent lack of enforcement of littering laws.
The police department has issued 79 summonses, which carry a $50 fine, for littering so far this year, according NYPD Transit Assistant Chief Vincent Coogan.
That number worries Ferrer.
“Seems to be a very small number of summonses for a very large problem,” said Ferrer, who added litter “too often brings hazardous conditions that can lead to a fire.”
Debris at the switch area near the 145th Street station in Harlem sparked the blaze on the Eighth Avenue line on July 17, 2017, resulting in a shut down of the B and C lines and partial suspension of A and D train service for more than two hours during the morning commute.
Coogan reasoned that the small number of summonses issued is because commuters tend to refrain from littering in front of police at stations.
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