MTA brings back night cleaners as subway stations reek of filth

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MTA officials have egg on their faces — and trash on the floor.

A year after the agency cut many of its overnight cleaning shifts to save money, it’s restoring some of the positions because the stations are too dirty. About 30 of the positions will be reinstated on the A, R, 6 and D lines, union officials said.

They made the move because stations were getting filthy, said TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano.

“We told the MTA last year that their plan to practically eliminate overnight cleaner positions stunk to high heaven. We’re glad the new administration now appears to agree and is restoring positions at the affected stations,” Utano said.

MTA workers say the stations had gotten extra foul overnight and they struggled to deal with the trash on the day shift.

“When I come in the station, the cans are filled with garbage overflowing on the ground and I am walking into the mess,” said a worker at the Prospect Avenue station in Brooklyn who declined to give his name.

He added that having no MTA employees in a station overnight makes it feel more dangerous.

“An aspect of no night-shift cleaners is the danger at night. You need some type of authoritative figure dealing with people to make them feel safe, maybe help the homeless,” he said.

Riders agreed a change had to be made.

“There is garbage and trash underneath the seats and benches, so I don’t sit down,” said Rebecca Foote, 20, of Brooklyn.

“Sometimes, there is vomit at night, which isn’t nice. I feel uncomfortable there is no one from the MTA in the stations at night.”

MTA officials acknowledged that the experiment failed.

“We began a pilot program on several lines last year to try different cleaning schedules,” said spokesman Shams Tarek.

“We’re taking a fresh look at the whole stations program and, as a result, we’re suspending this pilot early in 2019.”

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