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MTA Bans Defecating

The MTA is expected to ban defecating on its subway, buses and transit facilities during its meeting on Wednesday. Previously if you were caught defecating on NYC’s subways and busses, you were issued a fine of $100. This fine was mandated to those who "create a nuisance, hazard, or unsanitary condition (including, but not limited to, spitting or urinating).” Granted pooping on the train is creating an unsanitary condition, MTA feels as though they had to spell it out more clearly for those who didn't quite understand. Defecating is now a stand alone offense. The Daily News reported that internal reports from the MTA reveal that a train operator was soiled by the bodily fluids of a customer, on the L train line in Manhattan. This is just a glimpse into the horrors that MTA workers face on a day to day.

Last year it was reported by MTA data that unsanitary subway cars were on the upswing, although MTA announced plans to take action on the dirty subway trains - the transit workers had a much different experience.

Filthy New York City subway cars prompted a social media challenge last fall. Transport Workers Union Local 100 initiated the “Trash Train Challenge” where they encouraged you to get a snapshot of the dirtiest train you could find in New York City. The person who would find the most unsightly train car, would receive $500.

Unsanitary conditions in New York City subway cars have been a disaster for the entire city. From January 2018 through July 2019, delays related to the interior of train cars being soiled and dirty accounted for approximately 1 percent of total delays, the MTA said.

With the new rules established to maintain sanitary conditions for it’s workers and the millions of people who ride the New York City subway - This is a glimmer of hope to come, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. As we transition back into the swing of things in the world's busiest city, a cleaner ride will put New Yorkers at ease.

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