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Fewer cleaners equals trashier trains

June 21, 2010
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NEW YORK — It turns out there''s one thing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) isn''t cutting: the amount of trash on trains, according to amNewYork.
Half of the city''s 22 subway lines got dirtier last year, a sign cuts to train cleaners are starting to take a toll, according to an annual survey of car cleanliness.
"I''m worried it will get worse. The cuts are getting even deeper," said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, an advocacy group that conducted the report.
The number of cleaners sweeping out the cars has dropped in the system steadily since 2008: This year, the MTA budgeted for 1,030 cleaners, down by 10 percent from 2008, according to transit figures, the article stated.
According to the article, transit officials agreed that the cuts have translated into some subway cars not being "as clean as our customers expect or deserve."
A spokesman said the agency will monitor conditions and redeploy workers to problem areas if necessary.
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