The subway system—lifeblood of this metropolis’s economic system and vitality—is in a precarious situation. Weekday ridership has hovered under 60% of pre-pandemic ranges. Violent crime has risen in uncooked numbers even with the dramatic drop-off of riders. The notion and actuality of hazard loom massive. A survey final month of the town’s workforce discovered that just about 3 in 4 really feel much less secure on trains than they did two years in the past. Transit officers say riders who by no means returned to the subways are much more afraid of crime underground.