Subway riders have had to endure filthier subway trains, thanks to last year’s budget cuts that slashed cleaning staff, a report released today states.
Just 47 % of subway cars were rated clean when surveyed by the Straphangers Campaign last fall, down 4 % from the previous fall, according to the campaign’s latest annual “subway schmutz” report.
The R line was the ranked the muckiest among all subway lines, while the No. 7 line was found to be most clean.
The 2010 budget included elimination of 131 car cleaners and supervisory positions, a 10 % drop in manpower assigned to sweep and mop trains.
“Last year, we predicted ‘more cuts to come means more dirt for subway riders.’ And sadly that’s turned out to be true,” said Gene Russianoff, campaign attorney for the Straphangers Campaign.
On the R line, just 27 % of subway cars checked were rated clean by the Straphangers, down from 39 % in the fall of 2009.
On the No. 7 line, 68 % of cars were clean, up from 63 %.
Other key findings of the survey include:
* Five subway lines got significantly worse: 6, B, E, L and R.
* Conditions on the M line improved the most. In 2009, 32% of cars surveyed were ratedÂ clean. That rose to 61% last fall.
* The B deteriorated the most, falling from 61% of cars rated clean in 2009 to 37% in 2010.
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