A video showing piles of trash, newspapers, and other refuse inside a subway car in the Bronx, New York, has been shared by many.
The clip, posted to Instagram, appears to show the 2 train at the Allerton Avenue stop in the Bronx. Inside, are bags of trash, garbage on the floor and seats, a shopping cart filled with items, and others.
“This is crazy,” said a man recording the video. “They want more money?” he asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the New York state agency that runs the subway system.
“MTA, ya’ll gotta do better,” he said. “Word up. I’m sorry,” he added.
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Currently, it costs $2.75 for a one-way subway ride.
The Instagram user then had harsh words for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the MTA. “THIS [expletive] IS RIDICULOUS!” he wrote.
The New York Post identified the cameraman as Timothy Brown, 33, who said that he “was disgusted” by the state of the 2 train.
“That train had a little bit of everything. Everything you think shouldn’t be on a train was there,” he elaborated.
Meanwhile, there were “no words” to describe the smell, Brown said, adding that he was on his way to work construction when he stepped on the train.
“I’ve never seen trains like this. I’ve never seen homeless like this,” he told the Post. “People are hopping the train, hopping the bus, and they wonder why? They wonder why we don’t wanna pay.”
“You go anywhere else, you can eat off the train!” he said.
Rail rider Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, told the newspaper that he was shocked to see the video.
“I’ve never seen it this bad in 40 years,” Silwa said. The Post reported that the video has been referred to the New York City Police Department.
“This is a clear violation of subway rules and no one should have to ever experience this,” NYC Transit President Andy Byford was quoted by the paper as saying.
Brown showed MTA employees the video. They weren’t stunned by it, he said.
I showed her the video. She said, ‘Oh, that’s normal. That’s regular,’” he said. “They can’t do anything about it.”
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Acting MTA Chairman Fernando Ferrer said the MTA’s cashflow problems were “most daunting challenges [the MTA has] faced in decades,” the report noted.
“We know that the increases alone won’t solve our problems and just as urgent we must fundamentally reform the MTA,” he said.