MTA: Reports Of ‘Soiled’ Subway Cars On The Rise

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 09, 2019 - 6:19 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — It’s not just you – the numbers show the subways are getting dirtier.

The MTA says it has received 1,623 reports of dirty train cars from January through August.

In 2018, there were 2,058 reports of “soiled” cars, a 31% increase from the previous year.

Despite the figures, the MTA says soiled and dirtied train cars account for just 1% of subway delays.

The MTA says it may be a good thing that the numbers are up, because more people are taking the time to report dirty cars.

“With the help of our customers, who we encourage to report to these instances to us, we are able to better identify soiled cars, which allows us to quickly isolate and clean the car and return it to service as soon as possible,” the MTA said in a statement.

The agency says car cleans are equipped with buckets, mops and disinfectants and are trained to protective equipment and tools to thoroughly clean cars and “dispose of human/biological waste.”