While we know full well that the New York City Transit subway system can, at various points and places, smell pretty bad — 2nd Ave. on the F, anyone? — the city’s other subway ain’t exactly wine and roses. The PATH trains might not exude human waste quite as frequently as our city’s system does, but they have a certain odor to them. Today, Christine Haughney of The Times tries to get to the bottom of the odor, and the culprit seems to be mold or mildew.
Haughney spoke with PATH officials and rode the trains with Larry Sunshine, a so-called odor mitigation specialist, to determine the source of the smell. PATH representatives say the aroma is one of new cars, but I’m skeptical. New subway cars smell great while the PATH has an earthy nose to it. Sunshine believes the aroma is one of mildew and plastic chemicals and the general smell of a subway system all wrapped up into one. I sure am glad The Times got to the bottom of this underground mystery.