Gothamist covered the story that the key that can unlock every emergency gate in the subway system can be had for as little as $27, from unscrupulous T.A. employees. At up to $2.25 a ride, it quickly pays for itself.
It’s also a possible security concern, but as Ben Kabak at Second Avenue Sagas writes, the fact that employees would sell them, is probably the most depressing thought.
One thing I’ve noticed though, which is probably contributing a lot more to the $27 million the TA is annually losing to fare-beaters is that when the MTA closed hundreds of token/station agent booths, they neglected to replace the turnstiles at those entrances with the revolving-door, “iron maiden” models.
So any unscrupulous person, can easily hop the ‘low’ turnstiles, without so much as a “Hey you.. pay your fare!”
This is a picture at the Joralemon Street entrance at the Borough Hall station, where a manned information booth used to be.