Surprise, Surprise: New York City Has the Dirtiest Subway System of Them All

A recent study done by website Travel Math collected bacteria samples from some major transit networks in the U.S. and found the New York City is the dirties of them all.

We sent a team to gather bacteria samples from the handles on public transit systems in five major cities: New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. Overall, surprisingly few germs lurked on these surfaces, with one major exception: the subway in New York City. Read on for the full results of our study, advice on avoiding germs on public transit, and more.

Check out the full article for more analysis on the findings and methodology on collection and sampling.

Public transportation Hygiene Exposed
Public transportation Hygiene Exposed
Photo: Travel Math
Bacteria Distribution Analysis
Bacteria Distribution Analysis
Photo: Travel Math
Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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