Subway Survey Shows Subpar Platform Conditions

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A survey of New York City’s subway station platforms has revealed what most New Yorkers already know: some platform conditions are subpar.

The survey was completed by the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign. It found rats at 11 percent of underground stations it observed, and substantial areas of missing tile at 15 percent of all platforms.

More widespread problems included bad lighting conditions, which could be dangerous. “Fifty-percent of underground platforms observed had broken lighting fixtures,” said NYPIRG coordinator Cate Contino. Additionally, the group found widespread peeling paint in many stations.

But there were some positive findings from the survey. The group found that 100 percent of surveyed station platforms observed had garbage cans, and none of them were overflowing.

The group said the survey was meant to show a ‘snap shot’ of platform conditions. NYPIRG has no plans to ask the MTA to address these issues, only to be aware of them.

“We found the good, the bad and the ugly, from no subway station platforms having overflowing garbage cans to clearly unacceptable conditions, such as peeling paint,” said Jason Chin-Fatt, the Straphanger Campaign organizer who oversaw the survey.

The survey was based on observations at 250 of the MTA’s 907 subway platforms. The surveys were completed by 14 interns and NYPIRG staff members between July 11 and September 24, 2011.


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Comments [2]

Jane Iyer from Brooklyn

Having lived and used underground rail systems in many parts of the world, I was completely shocked when I arrived to live in NYC 6 years ago by the old fashioned, dirty, badly maintained stations on the subway here.

The signage (or lack thereof) is also a real shock...yes it's improved recently with LCD screens on the platforms (London had these 30 years ago!) but why are there still platforms with no subway maps?!!

I was in London over C'mas (a system just as old as NYC's) & there are even video screens playing on the wall opposite the platform in some stations - much better than the sooty grimy walls here.

Why not at least put advertising on these - which wld bring in revenue too?

Jane PS 7th Ave station (on corner of 7th Ave and Flatbush Ave in Park Slope) is a disgrace.

Feb. 02 2012 04:29 PM
George Diaz from Norwood, Bronx

Stations outside of the main areas in Manhattan are ofter dirty, with cracked walls and ceilings. During heavy rain and snow flooding takes place. Some stations are is such need of overhaul they should be closed down for months to make necessary repairs. Among the worst stations I have seen are the 149th Street- Grand Concourse (2, 4, 5), Norwood- 205th Street(D),Gun Hill Road (Dyre Avenue-bound 5), and 155th Street (A, C) stations.

Feb. 02 2012 03:33 PM

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