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NYC subways are dirtier, but it depends on the line


The Straphangers Campaign, a watchdog group, says half of all New York City subway cars were dirty according to a survey they took last fall, down from 57 percent a year earlier.

But the conditions differ from line to line, according to the report, called “subway shmutz.” Among the lines convenient to commuters who take Metro-North to Grand Central Terminal, the 6 train, the Lexington Avenue local line, had improved to the point where it was one of the cleanest in the system. The 4 and 5 Lexington Avenue express trains had deteriorated.

The culprit: Budget cuts. So don’t expect things to get much better across the system. Not with the bind the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in now.

On the 6 trains, 65 percent of the cars were clean, the survey showed, a vast improvement from a year earlier when only 41 percent were clean. Only the C line matched the 6 for clean cars last fall.

On the 4 trains, 48 percent of the cars were clean, as were 55 percent of 5 train cars. Both showed more than 60 percent clean the year before.

Read the Associated Press article here.

Find the Straphangers Campaign’s subway shmutz report here.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 11:17 am by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: commute, Commuting, Metro-North, MTA, Straphangers Campaign, subways



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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE

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