Lawmakers call for greater security funding and oversight for U.S. transit systems : NPR

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Open drug use and the threat of mass violence have prompted calls for more security funding for mass transit. Congress also says better oversight of existing security is needed.



RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

America’s rail and subway systems are struggling to rebound after ridership plummeted during the pandemic. Part of riders’ hesitancy is tied to safety, as they see things like open drug use and, in some cities, rising assaults and robberies on public transit. And while rare, a recent mass shooting in New York City’s subway saw 10 people wounded. Now some in Congress are calling for greater security funding and oversight for America’s vulnerable transit systems. Here’s NPR’s Eric Westervelt.

ERIC WESTERVELT, BYLINE: At a recent windswept rooftop press event, Janno Lieber, the CEO of New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, praised the…

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