Three years ago, New York stopped writing tickets for people who evaded fares on the subways.
People in the district attorney’s office and the subway authority were very explicit: 93 percent of the fare evaders were black or brown and that is not fair. So let’s just stop trying to catch people who do it.
Fare evasion exploded from 3 percent to at least 20 percent of riders. Costing the city millions of a dollars a week.
Today’s news carries this gem: The New York city subways are going to need $12 billion to stay afloat.
And now the same people who gave away free rides are wondering where the money went and how they are going to get some more.