MTA workers say 10 minutes not enough for bathroom break

February 28, 2013 2:35:13 PM PST
How long is enough time to go to the bathroom?

Some MTA workers are angry about an MTA directive giving token booth clerks a maximum of 10 minutes to go to the bathroom.

It will take Transit Authority station agent Paul Flores nearly two minutes to get to the bathroom at the 67th Avenue Subway Station in Rego Park, Queens.

He has to walk from one end of the station to the other and then unlock the gate before reaching his destination.

He says that wouldn't be a problem if the Transit Authority didn't impose a 10-minute limit on bathroom breaks.

Flores says he's furious and he's not the only one. Agents work in locked, glass booths and many walk long distances to reach the bathrooms.

But the directive is "More of a guideline than a hard and fast rule," said Charles Seaton, MTA Spokesman, "And is in place largely to ensure the safety and security of our employees. This is particularly important during overnight shifts when a prolonged, unexplained absence from the booth may be a cause for concern."

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