In January 2019, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced it would be hiring outside contractors to “deep clean” 106 of its 472 subway stations, as well as 3,000 subway cars. BMS was selected as one of approximately 20 vendors initially contracted to conduct the large-scale subway cleaning.
The project began in January and took six months to complete. BMS was especially proud to be one of only a handful of vendors that remained under contract for the entire duration of the project. The company received a significant portion of the work across Brooklyn and Manhattan.
MTA Subway Cleaning Requirements
While MTA conducts general subway cleaning regularly, they had not deep cleaned to this extent before this project. The project falls under the agency’s “Subway Action Plan” released in 2017. The plan includes numerous initiatives. Its goal is to “make improvements to stabilize the system and lay the foundation for modernization.”
The deep cleaning included power washing of surfaces such as station floors, walls, historic ceramic tile, ceilings, and stair treads. Hard-to-access light fixtures were detailed and cleaned using specialized equipment. Kiosks and fare collection booths, as well as furniture such as benches, were polished and restored.
Project Planning and Safety
“This project was a unique undertaking. Subway traffic interference, as well as general safety, were of concern during the project due to the types of equipment and chemicals required. As such, BMS performed the work overnight. We used “green cleaning” products, and took very extensive safety precautions. These efforts paid off. We had no reported injuries during the entire subway cleaning project.” said Juan Francisco, Executive Vice President, BMS.
BMS developed unique solutions to address safety. For example, BMS stationed designated equipment aboveground. We then ran special hoses from the equipment down into the stations. These measures eliminated the risks, such as fire or fumes, of bringing the equipment underground. (Read about BMS’s Workplace Safety initiatives here.)
Before and After
The stations cleaned up beautifully!
Wow, what a drastic difference! We are proud of the hard work our teams put into these challenging projects.
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