Squeaky Clean: Commuter Rail Operators Give Train Cars a Wipe Down
There’s a reason commuters may have noticed that their feet no longer stick to the ground, and they can see their reflections in the windows when they board their train for the morning commute: the vehicles have been scrubbed down from top to bottom.
Keolis Commuter Services, the company that took over Commuter Rail operations back in July, announced on Thursday that teams of cleaners have meticulously combed through train cars with mops and rags as part of their “train-cleaning program,” where workers aim to scrub every inch of all 422 Commuter Rail passenger cars.
“Seats have been thoroughly wiped down, the stainless steel doors and windows shined, vents cleared of grime, and floors thoroughly mopped,” according to the company.
So far, Keolis has calculated that more than 100 employees have spent 8,000 hours scrubbing over 1 million square feet of equipment—and they aren’t done yet.
The company said the cleaning program has taken care of all Commuter Rail passenger cars that operate from Boston’s North Station, and next on their to-do list is tackling vehicles that come in and out of South Station, which should be cleaned in the coming weeks.
“Our passengers deserve to ride in trains that are clean and comfortable, and so we’ve made this cleaning program a top priority in our first 60 days of operating the MBTA commuter rail service,” said KCS General Manager Tom Mulligan in a statement about the company’s recent efforts. “Already passengers are telling us how much better the trains are looking as a result of this top-to-bottom cleaning efforts. By improving this small facet of our operation, we hope to improve our passengers’ experience and in turn make MBTA commuter rail one of the best—and cleanest—in the nation.”
Outside of the trains, employees have also spent hours power-blasting station platforms and stops, and cleaning up rail yards, ridding them of trash and debris. Once all stations and trains are cleaned, Keolis officials said the process will begin again, insuring that every ride comfortable for people going to and from work.
Below is a video showing some of the thick grime that was cleared off of the windows and floors of some of the vehicles, and what they look like once they have been spit-shined by employees: