11/15/2011 11:36 am ET

MTA's Plans To Remove Trash Cans In Subways Is Working

It's a hit!

The MTA's unusual experiment to remove trash cans in order to lessen the amount of trash build up in subways seems to be working, according to MTA officials.

The pilot program which lasted about two months was tested out at both the Main Street No. 7 station in Flushing and the 8th Street N and R station at NYU.

New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast commented on the positive results:

So far, we are not seeing a greater amount of trash [left behind]. The number of bags that we generate [for removal] is down about a third.

The city's subway stations produce a staggering 40 tons of garbage a day and have been plagued by a continued rat infestation problem.

Earlier this year, the MTA apologized for their garbage woes, as subway construction prevented garbage collecting trains from doing their job and leaving more than 100 stations from being properly cleaned.

Let's just hope the MTA's plan to schedule weeknight repair shutdowns starting in January don't get in the way of cleanup again.