Community members rally to demand transactions return to subway stations

One local leader says this policy unfairly targets minority communities.

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2021, 12:03 AM

Updated 981 days ago


Cash may be king, but not at several subway stations where advocates say bills are not available. On Tuesday, community members rallied outside the Broadway junction train station demanding that transactions be brought back. 
At the height of the pandemic, cash was cut off at all subway station booths, including Broadway Junction station. 
Although a worker was posted at the booth, the group says some are being removed to cut labor costs. 
“The MTA has done a pure disservice to the passengers and has affected our jobs immensely,” said station agent Shameia Colter. 
TWU Local 100 says it's not just a matter of cash over credit, there's also a safety component as well.
Cash transactions were restored at Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North stations. One local leader says this policy unfairly targets minority communities. 
A spokesperson for the MTA released a statement saying, “Our customers should know that we continue to accept cash at all 472 stations throughout the subway system at 1,688 MetroCard Vending Machines, at MetroCard vans that travel across the city, and hundreds of convenience stores and other retail locations throughout the city.”
As of now, the transit authority says there’s been no decision on cash transactions returning to booths. 
The MTA says it is evaluating options to determine the best outcome for customers.

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