Reports of filthy NYC subway cars further degrade mass transit conditions
Reports of unsanitary conditions in the subway, including everything from feces and blood to garbage, are grossing out riders of New York City’s transit system and creating another deterrent — along with crime — to getting the Big Apple back to normal.
Now, the MTA is planning adjustments to try and clean it up the filthy situation.
Still, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 provided disgusting images to make the case that the MTA should hire more cleaners.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, the MTA has supplemented cleaning and sanitizing operations with non-union contract workers, but as many 200 union cleaning jobs sit unfilled.
“Now they have the money, they’re hiring other titles they should hire the cleaners title,” union President Tony Utano said. “I want ridership to come back, and having dirty trains doesn’t help management and doesn’t help us.”
Both the MTA and the union blame the city for some of the problems, for not doing enough outreach to the homeless and mentally ill people who spend time on the platforms and on the trains cars.
“I’m more worried about the homeless or crime,” one rider said. “You can handle the dirty subway platform or car…Safety is an issue.”
Between the safety concerns and the filthy conditions, it seems quality of life issues below ground keep rising to the surface.