Cuomo Calls On MTA To Do More To Fix Filthy Subways

Steve Burns
September 10, 2019 - 5:53 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880)New numbers from the MTA revealed subway cars are getting dirtier – and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the agency to do something to fix the growing issue.

Gov. Cuomo called it a “new constellation” of problems for the MTA – more homeless people living in cars, more aggressive panhandling and a slew of garbage and other foul things being left all over the trains.

“It's this quality of life that is now walk down the stairs from the street to the subway,” the governor said.

According to a report from The City, there’s been a steep increase in the number of “soiled” cars over the last three years.

A transit union head blamed the MTA, saying the agency cut the number of cleaners at end stations, but the agency notes the increase just means more people are taking the time to report the issues.

Cuomo says, regardless of where the numbers are resulting from, something needs to change and the subway system needs to be cleaned up.

“A rider has the right not to be harassed, not to be threatened, not to be subjected to intolerable conditions,” he said.

Advocates also point to the issue as another sign the city needs to do more for the homeless population.