The city’s beleaguered subway riders faltered Tuesday after the mass shooting on a Brooklyn train — some said the latest horrific crime convinced them to leave the transit system for good.
“I’m done. I’m done riding the train. It’s just not worth it,” said 29-year-old finance clerk Shirley Shao while waiting for a train on Canal Street in Tribeca, Manhattan.
“Every time I go in there, I worry in the back of my mind that someone will attack me while my back is turned,” she said of the underground system. “The subway had already become so dangerous. That tips the scales the other way.
“No more trains,” she said, adding that she plans to cycle to work in the future.
“Cycling isn’t the safest either, but at least I have some control over what happens to me,” Shao said.
She and other drivers lamented the shooting as just the latest black eye to hit city traffic after two years marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and high-profile incidents, including the deliberate shopping cart fire in March 2020, in which an employee of the Local traffic killed in violent push murder of Michelle Go last January.
“Coronavirus, guns, people being pushed onto subway tracks — I think it was wishful thinking to think that our problems would end there,” said 25-year-old graduate student and straphanger Stephen Byrd.
“The intention to kill was obviously there,” Byrd said of Tuesday’s incident at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park. “And now, on top of every other worry I had about getting on the subway, I have to worry about getting shot or blown up by a madman.”
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Mayor Eric Adams pledged to increase the number of police officers patrolling the subways after Tuesday’s nightmare. The move comes on top of inflows of underground NYPD forces enacted by his administration earlier this year, as well as by his predecessor Bill de Blasio in 2021.
Straphangers said it was about time.
“I’m glad the mayor is finally opening his eyes to the dangers of riding the subway,” said Tanya Lee, 43, of Parkchester, Bronx. “It’s unfortunate that it took a terrorist attack, but at least it got him to take the issue seriously.
“I’ll feel safer seeing officers in uniform down there. Officials will also deter people who want to commit crimes, which will make the subways safer overall,” she said. “It has to be proportionate. The prosecution must be proportionate to the crimes committed. Otherwise things like this happen too easily.”
Zoe Liebowitz, 32, of the West Village in Mahattan agreed that the extra police presence was welcome.
“I’ve wanted to see more cops on the subways for a long time. Sometimes it takes something drastic to bring about real change, and hopefully that will be the right thing to do,” Liebowitz said.
“Thank God no one died this time. Let’s not wait for an incident where people have to die before the city takes these issues seriously.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or log on to the CrimeStoppers website.
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