Chuck Scarborough: Some Upper East Side strap hangers say the MTA made a big mistake when it stripped their subway station of its manned booths. They say crime has increased at the uptown 86th Street station and vandals are damaging metro card machines and they are causing them to malfunction. Community leaders have started a Bring Back Our Booths petition demanding the MTA stop removing booths and agents.
Ben Kallos: Removing subway booths does not save money. It creates more fare evasion and increased vandalism, so they're spending the money that they would be saving fixing the vending machines.
Chuck Scarborough: So far more than four hundred people have signed the petition. The MTA said the problems of the station have nothing to do with missing booth, and there are no plans to bring it back.