Transit Workers Union Seeks Photo Of NYC's Dirtiest Subway Car

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October 22, 2019 - 11:51 am
Dirty subway car

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Snapping a photo of a dirty New York City subway train could earn you $500.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100, in the midst of contract talks, is protesting cleaning cutbacks by the MTA with their new photo contest, seeking pictures from straphangers of trash-filled, filthy subway cars to help make the case to restore cleaner jobs. 

"Since they're not listening to the union maybe they'll hear from the riding public, the riding public should not be subject to ride trains in these conditions," union official Nelson Rodriguez told CBS2.

According to the union, at least 100 car cleaning positions have been cut in the last two years. 

"We run a world-class operation — and New York’s transit system is second to none. The MTA shouldn’t skimp on hiring the staff they need to deliver clean cars to our 6.5 million daily riders," the union said.

The MTA told CBS 2, “All 591 MTA subway trains in service every day — more than 5,000 train cars — are routinely cleaned multiple times throughout the day.”

To enter, upload your photo to or post a picture to Instagram using the #trashtrain hashtag.

The contest ends Nov. 30.