Hey, hey! The NYPD announced that subway crime is down by 0.5% from the same period last year, but robberies have increased by 7.1%. The NYPD said, "We're reducing crime and preventing terorrism," though it's unclear how much of the latter is going on. But having more cops on hand, both in the station and on trains, due to terror alerts, probably is helping some. Other NYPD-subway facts: Fare-beating arrests are down by 20.8% and summonses are down by 17.6%. People are better at obeying the rules, maybe?

However, subway track fires are increasing, which the MTA blames on increased ridership and a hot August while the Transit Workers Union blames on unreliable vacuum trains. If only Dyson could invent a vacuum train!