Despite it being legal to video record within New York City’s train system, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority conductor told a man he was not allowed to do so.
The videographer is named Raymond Ging, who has a whole series of train videos on his Youtube channel.
When he continued recording an incoming train from a platform in Queens, the MTA conductor reported him to the Rail Control Center, which serves as a dispatch for the subway system.
“RCC, be advised you have an individual here at 103rd Street northbound, he’s videotaping the whole line, he’s currently videotaping me, he’s approximately six-feet tall, black shirt, blue jeans, black sneakers, green army bag over his shoulders.”
The conductor then pulled his train out of the station without another word to the videographer, who remained silent the whole time.
Section 1050.9 (c) of the MTA Rules of Conduct state that photography is allowed under certain conditions, which seemed to have all been met by Ging.
Photography, filming or video recording in any facility or conveyance is permitted except that ancillary equipment such as lights, reflectors or tripods may not be used. Members of the press holding valid identification issued by the New York City Police Department are hereby authorized to use necessary ancillary equipment. All photographic activity must be conducted in accordance with the provisions of this Part.
In 2009, an MTA worker who also happens to be a photographer was arrested by an NYPD officer for taking pictures of trains.
Robert Taylor, who was charged with unauthorized photography, ended up winning $30,000 in a lawsuit because of the arrest.
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