Skip to Content

NYC subway turns to ‘gender-neutral’ terms as crime spikes

The subway in New York has bowed to political correctness and will no longer greet the passengers with the usual "ladies and gentlemen".

Published: November 14, 2017, 4:04 pm

    The  “gender-neutral” terms used in greetings will now be “passengers” or “riders” even though the largest majority of people still identify as either female or male.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority that New York City subway lines will immediately phase out the normal salutation in an effort to be “more inclusive”.

    The MTA has instructed employees to implement the policy immediately and train conductors  have been instructed to override the automated messaging service.

    The New York Post reported that he announcement from earlier this week had instructed all NYC Transit staff to use “passengers, riders or everyone”.

    A MTA memo on the change warned: “Please don’t use any greeting other than these.”

    Not all New York City Twitter subway users welcomed the decision, although Huffington Post called it “some awesome gender-neutral terminology”.

    Some social media users wondered why the MTA was ignoring serious issues such as crime, train delays and overcrowding.

    ‘The #MTA shouldn’t b focusing on gender friendly language. They should be focused on getting those trains running & making the Subway safe,’ one tweeted.

    Riders told the Post that they felt less safe on the trains, and often found themselves looking over their shoulders. Francine Portus, 50, from Brooklyn: “It’s not safe riding the subway, but I have to do it because that’s how I get to work.”

    According to new NYPD data, felony assaults in the subway system were up 16 percent in February this year compared with the same month last year.

    From January through March 2016, assaults on the trains were up 44 percent. NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox noted that the amount of hate-related graffiti has skyrocketed. Users also complained about the frequent delays and many equipment failures, with trains that are breaking down at a much higher rate than in the past.

    Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate for NYC mayor, says the number of sex crimes on the subway has increased since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.

    “People are packed in like sardines,” Malliotakis said in a new television ad, “and subway sex crimes are up over 50 percent.”

    Some 941 sex crimes were reported on the New York City subway system in 2016, according to a NYPD report.

    The Lexington Avenue line is almost never on time, especially during rush hour, leading to dozens of trains being cancelled daily, while affecting tens of thousands of riders, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

    In July, London transportation made a similar move and eliminated gendered greetings from the London Tube’s announcements. “We want everyone to feel welcome on our transport network,” Mark Evers, director of customer strategy at Transport for London, said about the change.

     

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    London: Mass rally to demand release of Tommy Robinson

    LondonAround 8 000 to 10 000 protesters gathered on Saturday, July 14, in London to show support and send a clear message to British politicians and lawmakers in the country: Free Tommy Robinson. The rally was subjected to extensive police surveillance.

    Trump and Putin meet in Helsinki to demolish ‘Russia probe’

    HelsinkiThe US president Donald Trump, is busy dismantling the global order single-handedly. In the past few weeks, Trump has confused his NATO allies, insulted the UK and called the EU - probably his closest ally - a "foe". And he has just met with the Russian president, accused of "meddling" in US affairs.

    Czech president calls latest EU migrant plan ‘road to hell’

    PragueThe Czech Republic does not want any of the 450 migrants rescued from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean on Saturday, and neither does Italy. The Czech president called the EU's latest shared responsibility plan "a road to hell".

    French World Cup celebrations turn ugly

    ParisCelebrations in Paris after France's World Cup victory on Sunday turned ugly. While winning the event should have been good for the country's morale, the riots that followed suggested otherwise.

    Open Border NGOs face fresh child abuse allegations

    The NGO Save the Children, which was last year accused of working with human trafficking gangs smuggling migrants into Europe, has been exposed as yet another charity behind raping children in need.

    Dutch headline: ‘The whole of Amsterdam hates Femke Halsema as mayor’

    AmsterdamAmsterdam lost its mayor Eberhard van der Laan when he died last year. A new mayor has been appointed, which does not bode well for the city: Femke Halsema. She was the leader of GreenLeft until recently.

    Media hype boosts controversial leader of Belgian Sharia party

    BrusselsA party whose aim is to create an Islamic State in Belgium, is hoping to win seats in Belgium's municipal elections, scheduled to take place on 14 October this year. Two members of the Islam Party were elected in 2012, including one in the notorious Molenbeek area of Brussels. This year, the party hopes to win in 28 municipalities in all.

    Merkel denies Trump’s allegations of Russia’s ‘total control’

    BrusselsChancellor Merkel has rejected US President Donald Trump's allegation of political dependence on Russia. Germany could "make its own policy and make its own decisions," said Merkel on her arrival at the NATO summit in Brussels.

    Dutch report uncovers unpleasant facts about mosque in The Hague

    The HagueA reporter from Dutch broadcaster NOS contacted the chairman of the as-Sunnah mosque in The Hague to question him about certain incorrect statements concerning the funding for his organisation. The reporter uncovered other unpleasant surprises too.

    French security forces ‘on the verge of implosion’

    ParisCommissioned shortly after a wave of suicides among French security forces in the autumn of 2017, a new report has sounded the alarm on the country's security forces.

    Go to archive