MTA to slash $33 million from budget and cuts 90 jobs
July 28, 2009
NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will cut $33 million from its cleaning and maintenance budget by 2010, meaning subways and busses could be dirtier by this time next year, according to WPIX-TV.
As part of the budget slashing, 90 cleaning jobs will be eliminated, the story stated.
According to the story, there is already a staff shortage as there are more than 100 fewer cleaners now than there were at this time last year.
The laid-off cleaners will primarily come from the number 7 and L lines, which were part of a pilot program that called for increased station cleanliness, the story noted.
Subway and bus stations, which often remain uncleaned for eight or more hours between the morning and night shifts, will receive even less attention after the budget cuts take place and could potentially become cluttered with trash and other debris, the story added.
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