Is a Crowded Subway Unsafe? Or Is It Safe Because It's Crowded?
These are strange and stressful times in New York, no doubt, particularly on mass transit, where large crowds and confined spaces can be an unnerving combination even in peacetime. But interviews with dozens of people who rode the city’s subway lines and traversed its bus routes yesterday made clear that many had conquered their fears, if only because they had no choice. At transit hubs like Grand Central, it was impossible not to think about security yesterday. There were uniforms everywhere. City police officers with dogs, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority officer bearing an imposing firearm he would characterize only as “a long gun, ready to use.” Green Army men. But officials seem to think the extra security is needed. Twice on Wednesday, New York City Transit said, subway lines or stations were shut down while the police investigated suspicious situations. (Nothing turned up.) Full Story