MTA revives plans to hire 500 cops put on pause by COVID fiscal crisis

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Transit officials have revived their efforts to add 500 cops to the MTA’s in-house police force.

Agency officials began accepting applications earlier this month after halting the controversial move over the summer due to COVID-19 pandemic-related fiscal woes, agency rep Abbey Collins told The Post Monday.

Officials announced plans to hire more MTA police before the pandemic, citing increasing violence against transit workers and growing concerns about subway homelessness and fare evasion.

Those issues have come into greater focus since the start of the pandemic and reached a fever pitch in recent weeks amid a rash of violent attacks on subways and buses.

Transit officials were staunchly opposed by progressive politicians and advocates and had hired just 168 cops by the time COVID-19 struck.

MTA officials have also called on the NYPD to bring 1,000 more cops into the subways.

The additional 500 cops are expected to cost $1 billion over 10 years, according to budget watchdogs.

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