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New York City Subway System – Clean Enough to Eat Off the Floor?

This blog post was updated on August 17, 2021.

A quote from an MTA official in New York City had heads turning and passengers cringing this week.


In response to criticism over dirty stations, MTA Director of Governmental Affairs Hilary Ring reportedly claimed the Times Square subway station floor was practically clean enough to eat off of.


The “say what?!” remark came after Councilman Peter Koo claimed that some of the MTA’s worst stations appeared “third world.”


In fairness, both claims are probably wildly exaggerated. While the New York City subway is far from the cleanest system in the world, it is arguably the hardest working. The system is one of only a few to run 24 hours a day and transports nearly 5 million people daily.


Source: New York Daily News

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