From the Daily News:
Subway schmutz is on the rise, thanks to a budget that cut cleaners who sweep and mop train interiors, a new report says.
Only half of the subway cars rated last fall by the Straphangers Campaign were deemed clean, down from 57% the year before.
Eleven of the 22 lines got dirtier, according to the Straphangers survey due out today.
The filthiest line in the latest survey is the M, with only 32% of the line's cars deemed clean. Riders on the C and 6 lines are least likely to encounter sticky blotches or widespread grime.
On both routes, 65% of the cars were judged clean.
The report also found:
- There were 11 lines where conditions significantly deteriorated: 1, 4, 5, 7, B, D, F, G, J, M and V.
- Five lines showed significantly improved conditions: 6, C, N, Q and R.
- Six lines saw no change: 2, 3, A, E, L and W.
NYC Transit does its own annual review - with drastically different findings. It determined 95% of the fleet to be clean during the second half of last year, according to the Straphangers.
The two surveys use similar but not identical methodology, according to the watchdog group.
NYC Transit conducts its reviews on weekends, while the Straphangers spot-checks the system on weekdays.
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