MTA To Hire More Cleaners

The MTA’s NYC Transit division announced their intention to hire 350 subway cleaners as part of their $7.6 million “Customer Satisfaction” program. The workers assignments will include cleaning trash inside stations as well as inside subway cars & on the tracks itself.

The program is being launched as riders continue to give poor grades to subway lines during the current 2007 Rider Report Card period. According to NYC Transit spokesman Howard Roberts, 250 of the cleaners have already been hired. The remaining 100 will be hired soon. When the plan fully kicks in, NYC Transit will see an 11% increase in cleaner manpower compared to two years ago.

Here are some comments in relation to the “Customer Satisfaction” program:

28 year old Manhattan resident Jacki O’Brien – “It’s a good idea because … the trains are filthy.”

60 year old Manhattan resident Boris Shapiro – “Please help us, it stinks in the elevators.”

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Roger Toussaint – “For too long we had too few cleaners, and riders saw the results. The hiring of more cleaners is a step in the right direction for cleaner trains, cleaner platforms and better service for riders.”

I think the 16 year old high school student Alexis Tripp said it best when they suggested that straphangers stop dirtying the system! I agree with Alexis 100% as a lot of the problems inside the stations & tracks are caused by straphangers. The MTA could hire people until they are blue in the face, if we as the riding public do not do our part, the system will always be dirty!

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Subway Worker Awarded For Heroic Actions

Subway track inspector John Messina is known amongst family, friends, & workers for coming to the rescue of a person in need. Now you can add the public to the list of people in the know. The 100th Precinct Community Council recently awarded Mr. Messina for his heroic efforts in confronting two thugs who attacked a teenager on the S train in Broad Channel.

Mr. Messina was riding a northbound S from from Beach 90th St. to Broad Channel on the morning of June 27th. As he was riding the S, he noticed a young teenager pressed up against the car door screaming for help. He unlocked the car door & brought the teen to safety. The teen had a black eye & severe swelling from the beating. Mr. Messina acknowledged the state of mind of the teen by saying “He was terrified and told me that the punks just took his cell phone.”

This prompted him to confront the thugs & retrieve the teen’s cell phone. He approached the thugs & said “You’re a real tough guy picking on a 15-year-old. Why don’t you pick on me?” He successfully retrieved the teen’s cell phone. When the train arrived at Broad Channel, Mr. Messina called the cops. He led them to the two thugs who were responsible for the crime. One of the thugs in question was found cowering underneath a staircase.

Mr. Messina had this to say about the incident & his mindset:

“I can’t stand watching people ride the train in fear. I’m not going to stand by and let some kid get taken advantage of.”

This is not the first time Mr. Messina has come to rescue. Some of his co-workers citied stories where he returned a stolen purse to a woman, & a Walkman to another student. His wife Donna knows all too well about his actions as she shared this comment: “The kids love him but they think he’s a little crazy. He always gets involved and butts his nose into stuff, but with good intentions.”

I would like to salute Mr. John Messina for proving that not all MTA employees are assholes & unhelpful. He also proved that no matter how much this city changes, it will always have some good guys ready to save the day if need be!

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Not To Be Outdone…..

As I wrote about here, we had one idiot lose their life due to their own stupidity. However not to be outdone, we have yet another idiot who has died at the hands of a rail or subway car. This time our idiot was a 23 year old man who was surfing an uptown C train Monday night.

The idiot in question decided to grab the frame of an uptown C train at the 145th St. station. He was hit by a tunnel catwalk handle as the train entered the tunnel between the 145th St. & 155th St. train stations. The force of the blow threw him into a metal railing & concrete. Overall he suffered bruising on his body to go along with severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

This man deserved to die. He clearly had no care for himself, his friends, his family, & other passengers when he decided to latch on to that C train. Why should anyway mourn this loss? I know I won’t! Such a point of view might be considered mean spirited. However can you blame me or anyone for feeling this way? Common sense should tell us that surfing is meant for the beach, not the subway!  Sorry if I choose to have common sense & not participate in an activity that I have a strong chance of dying from!

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I would like to apologize for the downtime this site experienced a few days ago. My web host had a billing snafu with their software & my account. Due to this snafu, my account was incorrectly shut off. The issue has been corrected so I can now catch up on transit related news from the last few days.

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Question Of The Week 10/15/07 – 10/21/07

I have finished updating Eye On Transit today. The update includes the results of last week’s dual “Question Of The Week”, updated poll archive page, & this week’s question(s). Like last week, I have decided to have 2 questions serve as this week’s “Question Of The Week”. This week’s questions focus on cell phone use in the NYC subway. As always the polls are open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday so get your votes in now by clicking here!

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