MTA launches "Subway Bingo" game, but riders say they want safety, not games
NEW YORK - The MTA launched a new "Subway Bingo" game to make riding a fun experience, but some riders say what they want most is a safe, crime-free experience.
CBS2's Natalie Duddridge spoke to riders of all ages.
Holden Max, 6, played the MTA's new Subway Bingo game, where instead of crossing off numbers, you cross off unique subway landmarks and experiences.
In includes: Spotting a dog in a carrier, a vintage subway train, or an MTA busker.
So, how do you play? Find the bingo board (above), find five items in a row or column and take pictures, post on Instagram and tag the @MTA, and you'll be entered to win a prize.
"A fun way for commuters to reconnect with beloved landmarks," said Shanifah Rieara, MTA acting chief customer officer.
Duddridge found the subway clerk booth, wooden bench, subway map, and globe entrance - almost bingo - just missing the sunset view from a subway window.
"I guess if nothing else it's a healthy distraction," said straphanger Prue Smith.
But some subway riders say a distraction is the last thing they need with transit crime up 40% this year over last.
"I actually don't think it's a good idea. You need to be paying attention," said subway rider Kiiana Campbell.
"If they focused on safety an predictability, the things that really important to commuters, that would help," said straphanger Steve Daniels.
"What I'd like MTA to do is be better, rather than this," another rider said.
As Duddridge was talking to riders, say a 36-year-old man was punched ont he 4 train at the Fulton Street subway. The suspect stole his cell phone, took off but was quickly arrested.
"Don't feel safe anymore," one person said.
"More police, more security," said another.
Games aside, the MTA says it has always been clear about their main priority.
"Crime is our number one issue," Rieara said.
Back to Subway Bingo, one rider says he would play if he could guarantee this prize:
"A safe and sanitary ride home," the rider said.
Prizes for bingo include OMNY cards and free memberships to the New York Transit Museum.
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