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The R train is the dirtiest train in the entire city

Riders on the R train can expect the stickiest floors and the smelliest ride, according to a new report.

Riders on the R train can expect the stickiest floors and the smelliest ride, according to a new report.

The Straphangers Campaign released their annual “subway schmutz” survey yesterday, revealing that just 47 percent of all subway cars in the system were found to be clean enough. That’s a decline from 2009, when 51 percent of cars were clean.

Dingy floors, sticky spots or spilled food could all net a line a dirty rating.

The R was the grubbiest train, with only 27 percent of its cars rated as clean. The E and G were not much better, each tied with 36 percent clean cars.

The 7 train was deemed the cleanest — 68 percent of train cars on the 7 were clean. The C and the M followed for sparkling floors.

According to the report, the number of clean cars in the system has declined since 2008.

The MTA has cut 10 percent of its subway cleaning staff since then. There are now just a little more than 1,000 cleaners.

“I see people throw garbage after they eat,” said Serina Wu, 19, who usually rides the 2 and 3.

The MTA argued that the report did not accurately measure car cleanliness, saying that despite reduced funding they have kept trains clean.


Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro.

 
 
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