About two years ago, the Metro North Railroad, in its infinite wisdom, removed the trash receptacle from the northern end of the New York-bound platform at the Southport station and relocated it to the town center train station. And while I recognize that the town center station serves many more commuters than the Southport station, Metro North has a responsibility to ensure all of its stations have a sufficient number of trash receptacles for customers.
The missing Southport receptacle has led to a sharp increase in litter on the train platform and tracks. As a daily Southport commuter and an RTM member from District 1, I have worked in concert with the Parking Authority of Fairfield to ask Metro North to replace the missing trash receptacle and clean up the platform and tracks as needed.
In Metro North's defense, it usually sends a crew to clean up the platform and tracks pretty quickly when notified, but it ties up resources and wastes money. Metro North could improve this situation by simply investing in a third trash receptacle on the New York-bound platform of the Southport train station and by starting a publicity campaign that reminds customers to use the platform trash receptacles.
In my experience, the Parking Authority does a good job keeping the Southport commuter parking lots and station house clean, but it is prohibited from picking up litter on the platform and tracks and from installing additional trash receptacles on the platform.
In the end, just like the removal of graffiti, additional trash receptacles in public places can do much to mitigate blight. Let's hope Metro North gets the message and invests in some additional trash receptacles for Southport commuters.
RTM District 1