By Mike Mclaughlin, Pete Donohue and Erin Einhorn
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
April 25th 2010
NYC Transit officials vowed a swift crackdown Sunday on illegal master
subway keys that let fare-beaters ride the rails free.
Straphangers and elected officials fumed over the "shocking" security
breach exposed in Sunday's Daily News, which reported copies of the keys
have made it into criminal hands.
"It's mind-boggling!" said City Council Transportation Committee
Chairman James Vacca (D-Bronx), who said he would grill transit honchos
when they come before his committee next week.
"This could be a major security problem if these keys get into the wrong
hands," Vacca said,
They already have, The News's exclusive report found.
The keys are supposed to go only to police, firefighters and authorized
MTA workers to let them enter the subway through emergency gates - but
illegal copies have been circulating among fare-beaters.
A News reporter was able to enter stations around the city with a key
from a man who said he paid $27 for it.
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