Unauthorized Possession of NYCT Superintendent Shield

MTA/OIG #2013-03

An MTA Office of the Inspector General investigation established that a NYC Transit manager improperly possessed a NYC Transit Superintendent shield and he surrendered the shield to OIG investigators. During the course of the investigation, OIG also determined that the manager rode for free on Metro-North Railroad (MNR) for significant periods of time during the past 22 years by presenting NYC Transit identification to conductors. OIG recommended that the agency discipline the manager and recoup the cost of his improper rides. NYC Transit agreed.

OIG brought this matter to the attention of MNR and, on April 2, 2013, MNR reissued its guidelines to conductors and assistant conductors, reinstructing them that they are "not authorized to accept alternate forms of identification or documentation in lieu of those specifically authorized."