MTA and fixing dirty subways

September 25, 2009 4:01:02 PM PDT
The trains run fine at Seneca Avenue on the M line. But some of these platforms and tracks are in bad need of repair. Duct tape appears to be the temporary fix And then there's the noise.

"I wake up sometimes thinking it's the end of the world, some kind of war literally," said Dave Estrella a resident of Ridgewood.

The Queens stop is rated the most dilapidated in the city by independent engineers who conducted a survey for the MTA.

They mark the areas at the stop on a scale of one to five, with five being the worst.

Eighty six percent of the areas were rated three and a half or higher.

Other stops on the M line, like one on Forest Avenue, aren't much better. There's peeling paint.

Most of the worst stations are in Brooklyn and Queens and there are 50 poorly rated stations.

"And they say that at best, they can fix about 25 of them in the next five years in the capital plan and they're really short of money," said Gene Russianoff with the Straphangar's campaign.

Officials haven't yet determined which stations will be fixed first, but the cost of the renewal program in the MTA's s capital plan amounts to about ten million dollars per station.

The good news is many commuters don't seem to notice the disrepair. But some do.

"And the pigeons that live under the train get all the cars and their feathers they fly in your window, through your fan and the dust, and the rust, it can't be healthy," said Dave Estrella.

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