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.