NYC students win invention grant to clean up transit system litter

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NEW YORK — Trash and garbage litter the transit system.

The MTA has tried a pilot program that removes some trash cans from some stations. The agency says it has reduced the amount of trash. Two trains that removes garbage from along the tracks were purchased in the 1990s and they're not in good condition.

The purchase of two new multi-million dollar vacuum trains ha been approved by the MTA Board.But they are being custom-made and will not arrive until the end of 2017.

Some students at Baruch College Campus High school have a better idea.

They entered the MIT InvenTeam Competition and were one of 15 schools awarded an $8,000 grant.

Melody Kwan and Elisabeth Jaffe are the co-advisers for the project.

The seniors say they were inspired by the trash they see on their daily subway rides. They planned and built a new vacuum train prototype. It's smaller and has the ability to remove trash from areas inside of stations.

If people would like to donate money for travel costs to MIT and to continue to help with the project, they can email Baruch College Campus High School at

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