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MTA Expands Pilot to Remove Trash Cans From J, M, Z Line Platforms

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's fight against trash and rodents has expanded again by giving riders on three lines fewer options on where to unload what's not wanted. Many riders aren't sold on platforms without trash cans, however. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Where to toss that half-eaten sandwich? If you're riding the J, M and Z lines, you better figure it out fast.

"I'm not the type of guy to throw stuff like on the floor, so I had to carry it with me and I kind of thought, like, I'm going on the train with a trash bag instead of having a garbage can," one rider says.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority finished removing trash cans from the platforms at almost every station along those lines in late June as part of an anti-garbage and rat campaign that defies logic—and baffles riders.

"I got no place to throw my garbage. The other day, I came, I'm looking for a trash can, I had nowhere to put it. I had to take it with me on the train. They never should have did that, I don't know why they did it," another rider says.

"I can't find a trash can, and I thought something's wrong with me. My eyes?" a third rider says.

The trash can removal program began in 2011 at just two stations.

It was expanded a year later to include eight more stations.

While riders may not be so sure, the MTA says the pilot program has been a success, with the number of trash bags carried out of the stations where there are no longer trash cans dropping by 66 percent.

"We've seen a change in customer behavior, where if customers are aware and know that the trash cans are no longer there, that they will take their garbage with them," says MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz.

Riders who just don't care still find plenty of places to stash their trash, with the MTA saying there's been a slight uptick in trash littering track beds.

"They're throwing it in the tracks, so that's a hazard for the train. That's what I see, everyone is throwing their trash in the tracks," a rider says.

"It's minimal compared to the amount of trash or trash bags that we're no longer picking up at each of these stations," Ortiz says.

Many riders say they're getting the message.

"I guess since there's no trashes here, I'll throw it out at home," says another rider.

Or you can just wait until transferring to another line.

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