Subway Survey Says: Cars Are Cleaner

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Riders of the number 7 train apparently have the cleanest ride on the subway system. So says the annual "shmutz" report from the advocacy group the Straphangers' Campaign. In today's survey from late last year, 57 percent of all cars were marked as clean, up from 50 percent in 2007. The R train connecting Bay Ridge to Forest Hills ranked last, with only 25 percent of the cars considered clean. The N train wasn't much better, with 29 percent clean cars.

So subway riders -- what do you think? Weigh in on our comments.


Unspoken Rules of Subway Etiquette


More in:

Comments [2]


Ah who were they asking, tourist? Well yeah the trains are cleaner than the graffiti days - that's a no brainer. But they're still disgustingly nasty, but I don't hold the MTA accountable for that, unfortunately its the inconsiderate residents of this city (I'm from Brooklyn, born and raised). However, what I can blame the MTA for is how the grossly disgusting the train stations are. There was a time when they at least bleached and scrubbed them down at night, no more. Urine Street Station, ah I mean Chambers Street Station, how in the hell can that station (the J train side) smell like that and basically be under City Hall, what the hell is going on??? And 59th Street, why does it smell like a wet rat/dog??? But these issues don't matter, just as long as they get their 50 cents extra for what improvements I don't know, but I believe most are very unhappy with the way the MTA is run.

Jun. 25 2009 02:33 PM
Roseann Marcus

I'm from the 'forgotten' borough, yes, Staten Island. I recently boarded the Staten Island Rapid (SIR) and was shocked at the 'scratchitti' that was rampant on windows, seats and doors. Paint has been peeled off the seats and water was leaking through one of the windows creating a puddle on one of the seats. I know the borough doesn't have many trains or the money to replace them (since these were the same trains that I had taken in my college years in the late 70's) but you would think they (SIR) could stop vandals from doing this destructive behavior. Oh well.

Jun. 25 2009 11:18 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by