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Only on the NYC subway: Female police officers go undercover to stop sex crimes, the MTA finds more money and a cat causes mayhem

There may not be an Uber to disrupt the city's subway system but there are plenty of other obstacles to the smooth operation of the underground trains. Not least of which are the furry, four-legged kind. Even as the MTA found extra money this week, and the NYPD stepped up a campaign to catch subway sex fiends, commuters were reminded how precarious the system is when a cat's rail adventure tied up train traffic for hours.

We learned that female undercover NYPD officers are now working to help catch subway assailants.

The NYPD announced that it was dispatching two
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The NYPD announced that it was dispatching two female officers on each transit plainclothes team as it tackles sex crimes in the subway system. Chief Joseph Fox of the NYPD's transit bureau, said that women are "more comfortable with female police officers. There has been a 7.5% increase in sex offenses in the subway so far this year over the same time period in 2014. Almost 80% of reported sex crimes were for forcible touching.

We learned subway delays aren't just happening during the working week.

The MTA announced that weekend delays rose 72.9%
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The MTA announced that weekend delays rose 72.9% between May 2014 and 2015, meaning it's basically not worth trying to catch a subway on your days off if you want to get to that party on time. Delays are being caused by track work and overcrowding.

We learned that the MTA had found some more money, but not enough to plug its $15 billion deficit.

Now we know what the MTA has been
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Now we know what the MTA has been doing in its spare time: Sending workers to look for extra cash under mattresses, and between couch cushions, just like the rest of us do when we can't pay our debts. Okay, not exactly, but somehow the MTA "found" $1 billion more than it thought it had. That led some people to call for revisiting planned fare hikes in 2015 and 2017. But then they had to be reminded that the MTA needs $15 billion for big projects like the Second Avenue Subway. Oh well, back to hunting for extra cash under the furniture.

We learned that it only takes one adventurous cat to tie up subway traffic for more than 80 trains.

It was a totally adorable end to the
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It was a totally adorable end to the commuting week, right? Well, except for the people who were riding the trains when a cat got free from his leash at the Canal Station and ended up in a niche near the tracks, just paw steps from the electrified third rail. As police officers made a daring rescue of the kitty and dozens of people looked on, E train service had to be suspended and over 80 other trains on several lines rerouted or delayed. The cat was reunited with its owner to applause from those watching on the platform, but leaving straphangers with a purr-fect commuting mess.


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