By JEREMY OLSHAN Transit Reporter
January 16, 2006 -- SECRET CASH TRAIN RETIRED
Stand clear of the closing dollars.
The "money train," the secret train that travels the city's subway lines in the early hours of each night collecting cash from station booths, completed its final run Saturday morning.
"It's a great loss for the city and for transit, and we're going to miss it," said one longtime money train worker. "Now we'll make all the pickups with armored trucks, and we'll have to be stuck in traffic like everyone else."
It was the Fort Knox of the MTA, and its mission was so undercover that even after playing a starring role in the 1995 Wesley Snipes/Jennifer Lopez film, "Money Train," transit officials barely acknowledged it existed.
"We do not discuss the money train," said James Anyansi, a transit spokesman. "And we will not say whether it is still running."
Despite the secrecy, transit sources told The Post that with the advent of the MetroCard and the closure of some booths, there is less of a need for the train.
Unlike the sleek, high-tech train used in the movie, the real money trains were aging cars with no air conditioning, painted yellow so they might be mistaken for the garbage cars.