Would You Eat off the Ground in a Subway Station?

Yum! (Gothamist)

A month ago, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign’s first “State of the Station Platforms” was published, outlining the prevalence of twelve conditions down under the streets. The issues ranged from broken light fixtures to rats to garbage accessibility. It was an honest assessment: Subway platforms were not in the best condition, but they weren’t in the worst, either.

But an MTA official thinks quite differently about the cleanliness and conditions. “I mean you could practically eat off the floor there,” Government Affairs Director Hilary Ring told the audience at a City Council Transportation Committee hearing, the Post reported.

The Daily News sought out some individuals to interview and asked whether they would eat off the floor:

“Ew!” Erica Lang, 27, a student from Manhattan said. “I wouldn’t walk barefoot on the floor.

I wonder what she thinks about the performers that slide, tumble, and roll on the floors of the subway and cars.

“I think it’s clean enough, relatively speaking,” said Craig Slutzkin, 37, an accountant from Manhattan.

Relative to what? A 70s Soho loft?

The worst part is that the $900 million generated from fare hikes in 2013 and 2015 will not be spent on service improvement, and subway cleaning, but instead to pay for rising pension.

Though, if you look on the bright side, there’s a 50% chance that you will be eating under a broken light fixture, so you won’t really be able to see crawled into your sandwich.

mewing@observer.com Would You Eat off the Ground in a Subway Station?