The L is the cleanest NYC subway line (yes, really)

And find out more surprising facts regarding subway cleanliness, according to a new survey released by Straphangers Campaign

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A new study from our friends at the Straphangers Campaign reveals that the subway is dirtier than ever. According to the passenger-advocacy group's "schmutz survey," only 42 percent of the 2,000 train cars examined were found to be free of grossness. (The parameters included "dingy floors," "sticky spots," "malodorous conditions" and "spilled food.") The last time they checked, in 2011, 52 percent of the cars were found to be sans schmutz. And that decrease in clean subway cars has been a trend since 2008, without a single line showing improvement. Ew!


So far, we're grossed out, but not hugely shocked—it doesn't take a formal study to tell you the NYC subway is seriously filthy. What surprised us was the Straphangers Campaign's ranking of subway lines by cleanliness. The least icky? That'd be the perma-stuffed L train (63 percent of cars deemed sufficiently hygienic). The dirtiest is the D train, with only 17 percent of cars considered clean. Guess we'll be avoiding the D-irty train from here on out—or at least, frantically Purell-ing our hands when we exit its doors.



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