MTA board to formally ban defecating in transit system

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The MTA board will vote Wednesday to formally ban defecation on subways, buses and transit facilities.

While the act is already banned by rules that prohibit “create(ing) a nuisance, hazard, or unsanitary condition (including, but not limited to, spitting or urinating),” the board will vote to specifically add "defecating" to its list of banned acts, according to the New York Post.

“MTA rules are periodically tweaked to enhance clarity, and that’s the case with the addition of more descriptive language,” MTA spokesman Tim Minton told the Post in a statement.

“Ensuring the transportation system provides an appropriate quality of life experience for our workforce and customers is a guiding principle and top priority.”

Wednesday’s vote by the MTA board will make a defecation ban put in place under emergency COVID rules in April permanent, the Post reported.

Riders face a $100 fine if they violate the rule.