Originally installed to deter fare-skippers, the piercing alarms that arm every emergency exit in the Subway will be disabled system wide in the coming year. Apparently, we would rather avoid the often crowded turnstiles and just plow through the exit anyway, so they did nothing more than just annoy commuters. WNYC’s Kate Hinds reports:
But people did as people often do, and riders routinely flouted the rules to use the doors as exits — often in the mistaken belief that it would save them a lot of time. Meanwhile, the alarms did nothing to curtail fare evasion. They did, however, drive people crazy.