Survey Has Only 42 Percent Clean NYC Trains


Only four out of 10 New York City subway cars were clean in the latest passenger survey for 2013, with lines crossing Boro Park and Flatbush on the list of declining trains.

The Straphangers Campaign rated 42 percent of subway cars as clean in the fall of 2013, compared to 52 percent during the same period in 2011. The lines in Boro Park and Flatbush, the F, D and Q, all got bad grades.

The so-called “Shmutz” survey based on 2,000 observations of subway cars between Sept. 4 and Dec. 30, 2013, gave D trains the worst grade and L trains the best in 2013.

Cars were rated on cleanliness of floors and seats, with litter not a factor.

The D only had 17 percent of its cars rated clean, while the L had a 63 percent spotless record.

Nine of the 20 subway lines grew significantly worse, while none improved and eleven stayed largely the same. The number of budgeted cleaning staff has remained largely the same with 1,030 car cleaners and 141 supervisors in 2012 and 2013.

“Transit officials are losing the war against dirty subway cars,” said Jason Chin-Fatt, field organizer for the Straphangers Campaign.

However, WCBS reported that the MTA’s own survey found 92 percent of cars to be clean in the second half of 2013.