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MBTA: No litter bugs allowed

About six weeks after a small trash fire at Chinatown Station caused significant rush-hour delays, the MBTA launched a campaign yesterday to curb platform litter.  

About six weeks after a small trash fire at Chinatown Station caused significant rush-hour delays, the MBTA launched a campaign yesterday to curb platform litter.

“Not only is it a dirty station and an eyesore, but also it can cause fires,” T General Manager Rich Davey said, adding they average one fire a month.

Sparks from the third rail or subway brake shoes ignite littered newspapers, coffee cups and other trash. Sometimes T inspectors handle the fires, but often the fire department responds.

“Any fire in the T system is not only going to provide a challenge to the first responders, but in any confined spaces like this with smoke and toxic fumes, we really want to make that fire hazard a zero,” Fire Commissioner Roderick Frazier said.

In addition to audio notifications, anti-littering posters read, "Litter and you're playing with fire."

“That puts the message out, but there’s always those who are going to litter,” said Ron Cruz, 24, a daily T rider. “There’s nothing you can do about that.”

“It sucks,” Cruz added. “It makes you late.”

 
 
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