Between fare evasion, subway accessibility, that whole L train thing and the everyday struggle of making sure the subways keep running, the MTA certainly has a lot on their plate at the moment. So here's one small, very fixable thing: why are they painting subway stations during rush hour?
“Hey when should we paint this ceiling?”
“Rush hour, definitely morning rush hour.” pic.twitter.com/DCdCg5z6Js
— Jessie Singer (@jessiesingernyc) March 25, 2019
— Liz Baker (@lizabeth_baker) March 25, 2019
My dilapidated subway station is getting a paint job. pic.twitter.com/ETVIiIDbWN
— Amanda Eisenberg (@aeis17) March 25, 2019
Straphangers who use the Nostrand Ave. stop in Bedford-Stuyvesant were greeted by the sight of workers painting the station around 8 a.m. Monday morning, just in time for the beginning of the work week commute. On Twitter, the NYCT account responded to complaints by noting, "The team completed their work and left the platform around 8:40am. We're looking into why this job took longer than planned."
Hi, Joe. Yeah, that is not the most ideal time to do this. We reached out to supervision about this and the painters stopped and cleaned up that area. ^JP
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 25, 2019
MTA spokesperson Shams Tarek further explained to Gothamist that there was an exceptional reason for this paint job. "As a normal course of business we never schedule work like this during rush hour," he said. "In this case, excessive condensation led to an overnight painting job to remain wet and drip onto [the] platform so personnel remained on site to reapply paint and make sure customers were not being dripped on."
While the majority of paint jobs may take place overnight, it is worth noting that rush hour commute painting still seems to happen every once in awhile:
This is the 2nd time recently I've seen #cuomosMTA painting on the subway platforms at the height of rush hour, maximizing crowing and the chance somebody ends up with paint on their business attire. pic.twitter.com/W9h5WKTqNB
— Urban Residue (@urbanresidue) December 10, 2018
i genuinely want to know how something like this ends up happening. surely someone, at some point, thinks “maybe rush hour isn’t the best time to be painting things”
— bosh (@boshj) April 25, 2018
And who could forget last April when a transit worker put a fresh coat of yellow paint on the edge of the Rockaway Ave C train station in Bed-Stuy during the rush hour commute, which led to people walking on the paint and leaving yellow footprints all over the trains that day...and the week after...and months after that...
And you'll never guess who was spotted at the start of this month as well: