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Corruption On New Jersey Rails

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NJ Transit conductor, Joseph Abate, has been suspended without pay for allegedly selling unused and unstamped tickets to a Penn Station vendor. Abate was allegedly caught selling two blocks of tickets that were collectively worth $5,000 to this vendor, who would then sell them back to the public.

A transit spokesperson gave a statement, saying “This is a message to scofflaws. If you’re trying to cheat the system, you’ll be caught and prosecuted.”

Riders at Penn Station were outraged. One NJ Transit rider, Al Barnwell said “There are a lot of other stuff, like you said with the tickets, that are going on, and no body is looking at it.”

Steve Rasinsky, another NJ Transit rider, said “It feels like you’re being robbed. You’re being stolen from because you pay for these tickets and then ultimately tax payers have to pay that money back.” Rasinsky is especially upset because he’s an ex-con. He’s been trying to find a job, and this conductor, who can make around $90,000 a year including overtime, is caught allegedly trying to chisel even more money out of the system.

This isn’t the first time a conductor has been caught selling tickets. In 2012, two conductors were caught scamming NJ Transit and in 2010, one conductor pleaded guilty to misconduct and theft by deception.

Oftentimes tickets aren’t even punched, especially on round trip rides. This oversight allows for conductors to scam the system. The archaic way of hole punching a paper ticket may need to be changed, but what is the better solution?

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