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Subway stations often go without regular cleaning

February 18, 2010
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NEW YORK — An increasingly tight budget has resulted in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) cutting workers and leaving cleaning shifts unfilled to avoid overtime pay, according to am New York.
According to the story, on one Monday in February, less than one-fifth of 138 cleaning shifts were filled, leaving duties like garbage pickup and deep scrub cleaning seriously lacking.

MTA Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder acknowledged the problem, simply saying: "It''s money saving. That''s what we have to do."

In addition to fewer cleaning shifts, the MTA plans to lay off 83 cleaners and has cancelled training programs for workers, the story stated.

Spokesperson Paul Fleuranges said the MTA does plan to release a more thorough system for subway station cleaning, but that the plan will not include any new hires, the story added.

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