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Contacting the Bureau

Transit Crime Prevention

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You may write directly to the New York City's Police Department at:


Chief of Transit Bureau
130 Livingston Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, New York 11201

 



Transit Links

Links To Other Transit Sites Servicing New York City

MTA - Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Explore the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and its many transportation components, such as the NYC Transit system, Metro North Railroad, the Long Island Rail Road, and the MTA Bridges & Tunnels.

AMTRAK The national passenger railroad of the United States serving many places in the New York City metropolitan area.

Port Authority of NY/NJ The Port Authority of New York & tunnels, and a mass transit system called PATH.



TAB Summons

If you have any questions regarding a Transit Adjudication Bureau Notice of Violation (or "TAB summons") that you received for violating a subway rule, you may contact the Transit Adjudication Bureau via phone (347-643-5805) during normal busines hours or in writing at the below address. For the best service, please have your summons available when speaking to a TAB representative.

Transit Adjudication Bureau
PO Box 02-9133
Brooklyn, NY 11202-9133

You may appear in person between the hours of 8AM and 2:30PM to request a hearing or have your questions answered at:

Transit Adjudication Bureau
505 Fulton Street, 6th floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201


A Few Rules...

The use of the facilities of the New York City transit system for non-transit activities is regulated by the New York City Transit Authority Rules of Conduct. These Rules (their full name is actually "Rules governing the conduct and safety of the public in the use of the facilities of the New York City Transit Authority and Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Authority") form Part 1050 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations, or "NYCRR" for short. They are enacted and amended by the Board of the New York City Transit Authority, and have the force of law.

Entertaining on the Subway

The Rule which regulates the provision of entertainment on the subway is Section 1050.6 (c).   Some features of this Rule are listed below. This description should NOT be considered a full explanation of all aspects of this rule, but only a brief and general summary. All persons who are interested in performing on the subway and who wish to avoid violating the law are strongly advised to contact New York City Transit beforehand to get a copy of the Rules of Conduct, as well as a more complete explanation of their requirements.

Some general rules for performing on the subway include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Artistic performances on transit facilities are permitted, but only if they are in accordance with the following rules AND if they do not impede transit activities, including access to the trains and stations and the free movement of passengers. All artistic performances which violate these rules OR which impede transit activities are forbidden.

  2. You may not perform on board a subway train or a bus.

  3. You may not perform within 25 feet of a token booth.

  4. You may not perform within 50 feet of the marked entrance of a New York City Transit office or tower, or in any areas not open to the public.

  5. You may not perform on or near a platform where construction, renovation, or maintenance work is actively underway.

  6. You may not make excessive noise, or any noise which interferes with transit operations. (Note: Consult the text of the rule for the specific decibel levels defined as "excessive noise.").

  7. You may not use media devices, such as films, slides, or videotapes.

  8. You may not use an amplification device of any kind on a platform.

  9. You may not use a sound production device during public announcements made by Transit employees or police.

  10. Special rules govern the use of the locations designated for the &#"Music Under New York" component of the MTA's "Arts for Transit" program. Arts for Transit may be contacted directly at (212) 878-7452.

  11. Some station platforms are so narrow that any performance will always interfere with passenger movement. In certain other locations (including some platforms and passageways), performances which create no obstruction during off-peak times may create obstructions during rush hours. In addition, even designated performance locations can become unsuitable because of unexpected service disruptions or emergencies. It is therefore not possible to list locations in which performances are always allowed. Performers should use common sense before choosing a location in which to perform, and in all cases must comply with the lawful orders and directives of police and Transit employees.

  12. You may accept donations for your performance, but you may not use your performance as an excuse for active, aggressive solicitation. For example, you may have an open instrument case into which listeners may place donations, but you may not walk through the audience with a container asking for payment.

  13. Violations of the above requirements or of any Transit Rule of Conduct may result in the ejection of the violator from the transit system, the issuance of a summons, or the arrest of the violator.


Soliciting for Charities

The Rule which regulates soliciting contributions on the subway is Section 1050.6 (c). Some features of this Rule are listed below. This description should NOT be considered a full explanation of all aspects of this rule, but only a brief and general summary. All persons who are interested in soliciting contributions on the subway and who wish to avoid violating the law are strongly advised to contact New York City Transit beforehand to get a copy of the Rules of Conduct, as well as a more complete explanation of their requirements.

Some general rules for soliciting contributions on the subway include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Panhandling and begging are prohibited.

  2. Solicitation of contributions for certain organizations or causes is permitted, but only if such solicitation is made in accordance with the following rules AND if it does not impede transit activities, including access to the trains and stations and the free movement of passengers. All solicitations which violate these rules OR which impede transit activities are forbidden.

  3. You may solicit contributions for:
    • Religious causes
    • Political causes
    • Those charities that fall into one of the following three categories:

      1. Charities that have been licensed for any public solicitation within the preceding twelve months by the Commissioner of Social Services of the City of New York under section 21-111 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York or any successor provision.

      2. Charities that are duly registered as charitable organizations with the Secretary of State of the State of New York under section 172 of the New York Executive Law or any successor provision

      3. Charities which are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or an successor provision.

    Upon request, solicitors for such charities shall provide evidence that the charity meets one of the preceding qualifications.

  4. You may not solicit contributions on board a subway train or a bus.

  5. You may not solicit contributions within 25 feet of a token booth.

  6. You may not solicit contributions within 50 feet of the marked entrance of a New York City Transit office or tower, or in any areas not open to the public.

  7. You may not solicit contributions on or near a platform where construction, renovation, or maintenance work is actively underway.

  8. You may not make excessive noise, or any noise which interferes with transit operations.  (Note: Consult the text of the rule for the specific decibel levels defined as “excessive noise.”)

  9. You may not use media devices, such as films, slides, or videotapes.

  10. You may not use an amplification device of any kind on a platform.

  11. You may not use a sound production device during public announcements made by Transit employees or police.

  12. You may distribute written non-commercial leaflets and literature for free, but you may never solicit payment for them.

  13. You may not distribute - even for free - food, goods, or merchandise of any other kind without the express authorization of New York City Transit.

  14. You may not misrepresent your affiliation or lack of affiliation with any group, organization, or cause.

  15. You must always comply with the lawful orders and directives of police and Transit employees.

  16. Violations of the above requirements or of any Transit Rule of Conduct may result in the ejection of the violator from the transit system, the issuance of a summons, or the arrest of the violator.


Campaigning and Distributing

Leaflets on the Subway

The Rule which regulates campaigning and leafletting on the subway is Section 1050.6 (c). Some features of this Rule are listed below. This description should NOT be considered a full explanation of all aspects of this rule, but only a brief and general summary. All persons who are interested in conducting such activities on the subway and who wish to avoid violating the law are strongly advised to contact New York City Transit beforehand to get a copy of the Rules of Conduct, as well as a more complete explanation of their requirements.

Some general rules for soliciting contributions on the subway include (but are not limited to) the following:
  1. Non-commercial activities, such as public speaking, campaigning, and distributing written non-commercial materials are permitted on the transit system, but only if such activities are conducted in accordance with the following rules AND if they do not impede transit activities, including access to the trains and stations and the free movement of passengers. All activities which violate these rules OR which impede transit activities are forbidden.

  2. Commercial activities such as offering items for sale, or handing out commercial flyers, advertisements, or coupons are prohibited without the specific authorization of New York City Transit.

  3. You may not campaign, distribute non-commercial literature, or conduct other non-transit activities on board a subway train or a bus.

  4. Leafletting, public speaking, and campaigning ARE permitted within 25 feet of a token booth and within 50 feet of the marked entrance of a New York City Transit office or tower, PROVIDED that you use no sound production device, and that no physical obstruction (such as a table or other object) is present.

  5. You may not conduct non-transit activities on or near a platform where construction, renovation, or maintenance work is actively underway.

  6. You may not make excessive noise, or any noise which interferes with transit operations.  (Note: Consult the text of the rule for the specific decibel levels defined as “excessive noise.”)

  7. You may not use media devices, such as films, slides, or videotapes.

  8. You may not use an amplification device of any kind on a platform.

  9. You may not use a sound production device during public announcements made by Transit employees or police.

  10. You may distribute written non-commercial leaflets and literature for free, but you may never solicit payment for them.

  11. You may not distribute - even for free - food, goods, or merchandise of any other kind without the express authorization of New York City Transit.

  12. You may not misrepresent your affiliation or lack of affiliation with any group, organization, or cause.

  13. You must always comply with the lawful orders and directives of police and Transit employees.

  14. Violations of the above requirements or of any Transit Rule of Conduct may result in the ejection of the violator from the transit system, the issuance of a summons, or the arrest of the violator.