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The Early Word: MTA Chief Comes Out Against Subway Food Ban

Head of transit agency says proposal 'severely hurts' minorities.

1. Joseph Lhota, a former deputy mayor and current chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, said he was against in city subways, according to a story in yesterday's New York Times. Chief among his reasons for opposing the measure, he told the Times, was seeing youngsters eat breakfast on the train. "I don’t want to deny the kid the only time that day he’s going to get food," he said. The bill recently cleared the state Senate's Transportation Committee.

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J February 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
What a racist statement: "it would severly hurt minorities" Well since Latinos are now the majority, I guess he's referring to white minorities. Ive seen people of diverse ethnic backround eating on the trains/bus. Now back to the main idea... It will hurt many New Yorkers, not everyone has the luxury of ordering in at lunch, many don't get an hour lunch break, and are forced to eat on the go. I will delibrately eat on the subway if this bill passes, and we can duke it out in court!!!
EARLDINE JACKSON February 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
It's not eating and drinking that's the problem it's the people who leave behind the residue. There will always be those who don't care I've been riding the subway over 50 yrs and the trains are clean for the most part whenever I travel. Put back the trash cans that were removed so there is no excuse that there is nowhere to put my trash and remember how hot it gets in a station in the summer can't drink anything get EMS ready to aid all the passengers that have passed out.
Joe Gonzalez February 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I am still waiting for someone to answer my earlier posting as concerns why is it that the MTA would seek to ban eating food on NYC Trains while at the same time the MTA allows the selling and drinking of alcoholic beverages on LIRR Trains? Anyone willing to hazard a guess?
Scottilla May 24, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I'm still trying to figure out how the MTA can ban food in the subways when the news stands in the subway sell food.

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