3:08 pm Sep. 14, 2012
M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota is declaring war on what he described, last week, at his biggest subway "pet peeve," peeling paint.
"I chip it off all the time whenever I can if it’s low enough," he said to reporters, following a Crain's New York Business panel at the Plaza.
"I have no problem with exposed concrete," he said. "I really don’t. There’s no reason to have it painted. There’s no reason. Scrape it off, keep it off, exposed concrete looks just fine. Most college campus dorms are just exposed concrete. We lived that way once. We can do it again. And I think it’s the right way to do it."
The M.T.A. intends to scrape peeling paint from ceilings at any station that has what M.T.A. spokesman Charles Seaton described, in an email, as "water infiltration problems."
Thus far, the M.T.A. has scraped off peeling paint at the Times Square shuttle station. Next on the list: the 205th Street Norwood terminus of the D train, in the Bronx.
"This will be done at any other stations deemed to have this problem," said Seaton, in an email.
"You can go to some stations where it's been happening," said Lhota, last week. "You can look up and you realize that, boy, it looks a little splotchy up there. It’s because they’ve peeled it off."
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