MTA expanding subway trash can removal pilot program

Officials say that another 29 subway stations citywide will not have garbage cans.

Officials say that another 29 subway stations citywide will not have garbage cans. (1/28/14)

BROOKLYN - The MTA says that a plan to reduce trash at subway stations by removing garbage cans is actually working.

According to the transit authority, the pilot program, which began at 10 stops citywide, has resulted in a 66-percent reduction in the number of bags collected at those stations and will now be expanded to another 29.

Officials say the idea is that if there aren't trash bins on subway platforms, then commuters won't have anywhere to toss their garbage and will instead take it with them.

The 7th Avenue stop in Park Slope and the Q subway station in Brighton Beach are the two Brooklyn stops involved in the pilot, but straphangers along the J and M lines will be the next ones to find out what it's like to travel without trash cans. 

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