MTA fails to pass photo ban on N.Y. subway

Posted on March 15, 2005

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) failed on Monday to pass a controversial ban on photography in New York City's subway system. According to MTA officials, the hold-up is a result of an outpouring of criticism about the move, which would give exemptions to working photojournalists but give police wide latitude in limiting others such as tourists. Due to terrorism concerns, the MTA first proposed the ban in May 2004 as part of a revamp of its transit rules that also prohibited walking between cars while a train is in motion. An NYC Transit spokesman said it was anticipated that the agency's full board, which must approve the ban, would not vote before its April meeting.

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