Police arrested three 15-year-old girls near the scene shortly after, charging them with hate crime assaults, menacing and harassment. The NYPD is still seeking a fourth suspect, who they believe was the one who struck the woman, according to the network. The department’s Hate Crime Task Force said it has investigated 11 cases wherein suspects allegedly targeted Asians or Asian Americans since the beginning of the outbreak, and New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has established a hotline to report any such suspected bias incidents.
Besides NYC Transit, which runs the city’s subways and buses, the MTA includes the Metro-North and Long Island railroads and MTA Bridges and Tunnels, which operates the Triborough Bridge and other crossings. MTA officials declined to provide a breakdown of coronavirus-related deaths for each of the agency’s components. But it’s clear the virus has killed people in nearly every corner of NYC Transit’s massive network, taking the lives of train operators, conductors, bus drivers, track workers and supervisors who reported to transit facilities in all five boroughs.
Transit workers and union officials blamed the high death toll on generally hazardous working conditions and a slow response to the crisis by transit officials. Many frontline employees said the agency’s decision to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that advised people not to wear protective face masks allowed the virus to spread rapidly among workers during the first few weeks of March.
Samuelsen said MTA rules around worker pensions causes the MTA’s employees to be slightly older than those at other public agencies, which leaves many of them more vulnerable to COVID-19. Data shows the average New York City transit worker is 48 years old, and 28% of them are at least 55 years old. MTA workers are allowed to collect their pensions when they turn 55. City police offices can retire with a full pension after 20 years of service. So many MTA workers have been directed to stay home with symptoms or confirmed cases of COVID-19 that transit officials have been forced to slash mass transit service across the city.
People need to take this pandemic seriously, mass transit during this time are for essential workers only!!! By railfanning, busfanning, gathering in groups, standing close to one another, you guys are not making this easy. You’re not doing your part by staying home and flatting the curve. Don't stay home, you become a statistic; Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert learned that the hard way.