The president of New York City Transit said Thursday that removing trash cans at two subway stations to reduce the amount of garbage has been a success – but straphangers are trashing the idea.
Thomas Prendergast said removing receptacles at the Main Street/Flushing No. 7 station in Queens and the West 8th Street N/R in Greenwich Village five months ago has resulted in less litter.
"So we haven't been able to change their minds from a perceptional standpoint," he said, "but from a behavioral standpoint, we have."
He added, "The cleaners that work the stations like it, because they're carrying less trash out."
A spokesperson for the MTA said the city hasn't made any decisions about whether to end the program -- or expand it to other stations – but the experiment will continue for now.
Prendergast spoke at a transportation forum held on Thursday at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Manhattan.