MTA’s Trash Can Free Subway Experiment Succeeding!

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There were predictions the subway stations in an MTA experiment that removed trash cans would become landfills with rails. But there is early evidence the riding public is on board with the concept.

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New York City Transit president Thomas Prendergast told a downtown audience on Thursday that, surprise, there is less trash being picked up around the two stations in this ongoing pilot program. Those stations are the No. 7 Main Street in Queens and the 8th Street N/R station in Manhattan.

“They’re are a lot of people that think it’s backwards and that it’s not what we should do. So, we haven’t been able to change their mind from a perceptual standpoint. But from a behavioral standpoint, we have,” he said.

Most subway trash is paper – newsprint, for the most part, that can be tucked under the arm.

“They’re not having a buffet,” said James Vacca, who sits on the City Council transportation committee.

He says the public can come around to a carry in, carry out approach.

Longtime transit advocate Gene Russianoff, however, says a litter basket is not a lot to ask for.

“It’s a service to your customers to give them a waste paper basket,” he said.

What do you think of the idea? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Esmerelda

    The MTA lies about everything.
    No token booths, no clerks, no garbage cans, no train service,
    no service…. !
    And all for $2.25 with no discounts for school age kids ( like other places)
    Tell us please what the Big Chiefs are getting as perks ?

  • Jon Augustin

    Bad enough no bathrooms… now no trash cans…. Welcome to New York!

  • Dave Miller

    I think what they’re actually seeing, and not admitting, is a “carry on-toss under your seat” mentality, with regard to personal trash.

  • S5

    it’s only a success in Queens and Manhattan. Wait till they implement this policy in The Bronx and Brooklyn. Especially in the ghetto neighborhoods.

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