An Even Dirtier Subway? MTA Plans Cleaning Cuts To Save Cash

December 04, 2018 - 9:49 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The MTA is short on cash and says it will cut down on cleaning the subway as it plans budget cuts.

The word came from NYC Transit Authority President Andy Byford at Monday’s MTA budget meeting.

“It does not mean that we will clean cars, but it will mean that we will only on some lines clean them at one end,” he said.

The news infuriated riders like Terry Gersh, a resident of the Upper East Side.

“I think it’s awful. I think they do need to clean the subway,” she said. “Bedbugs happen -- people are going to get bedbugs in their house. It’s awful!”

Waiting at his 5 train at the City Hall station, straphanger Jerome was surprised.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “I think it will add rats to the city.”

The budget proposal also includes getting rid of $4 million spent on police overtime to catch fare-beaters. Byford says the dollars are wasted since the NYPD stopped arresting and the Manhattan DA stopped prosecuting people for jumping the turnstiles.

Byford says fare-beating is a $215 million problem.

“I saw it just this morning. You do see people jumping over the turnstiles, going underneath the turnstiles. Tailgating through the service gate,” Byford said.

A spokesperson for the Manhattan DA told the Daily News that its policy not to prosecute fare-beaters began this year. It pointed out that the criminal justice system is not a collection agency.