Data shows subway trains are getting even dirtier, causing delays

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September 10, 2019 - 8:05 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The number of funky subway trains soiled with trash and human fluids has risen in recent years.

According to MTA data, there was a 31 percent increase in the number of soiled cars from 2017 to 2018—and it’s on track to get worse.

There were 1,504 reports in 2017 and 1,623 complaints by the end of August 2019. That mean’s this year is on track to surpass the 2,058 complaints logged in 2018.

The MTA says soiled trains account for a small amount of subway delays—about 1 percent of total delays. The agency also says that train cars aren’t getting dirtier, more people are simply reporting the problem.

“The accuracy in reporting and coding these types of incidents has been improved, which has contributed to a rise in the number of reports,” the MTA told the New York Post.

Subway riders, meanwhile, say it isn’t a secret that the subways are routinely filthy.

Jin from Brooklyn told 1010 WINS she’s never seen the subway anywhere approaching clean.

“The subway’s always dirty to me,” she said. “So I haven’t noticed a big change.”

Another straphanger told 1010 WINS that it’s not the trains that are the real problem.

“Mostly it’s on platforms,” she said. “Platforms are the place where it’s been really grimy.”

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