No. 7 winner, R train looser in cleanliness survey
Subway cars are looking less grimy these days, but dont tell that to R train riders.
Only 25 percent of cars on the R, which serves straphangers from Bay Ridge to Forest Hills, are free of litter, dingy floors and sticky spots, according to an annual report released by the Straphangers Campaign Thursday, making it the dirtiest line in the system.
The survey of 2,200 cars last year also found:
- The No. 1, G, L, N and R trains looked dingier, with the L and N tanking compared to the year before- The No. 4, No. 5, A, B, D, E, J, M and V lines improved from the year before, with the D and J making big strides
- The No. 7 train received the systems gold star due to an influx of cleaners on the Queens line
It would take 400 additional cleaners throughout the system to mimic staffing levels on the No. 7, an infusion that is extremely unlikely given the MTAs budget woes, transit officials said. The MTA is slashing 43 of its 1,181 car cleaners next year to save money.
Its a question of priorities, said Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign. I strongly think (cleaners) are something the riders want.
Next year, NYC Transit will begin taking cleanliness surveys through hand-held computers to deploy staff to dirty trains faster, the agency said.
1. Straphangers slow to catch on to coming $2.25 fares