99 percent see rats on NYC subway
Metro has become the system Washingtonians love to hate, but between continuous complaints about escalator performance, infrequent service, safety and unhelpful customer service, it's easy to forget what the system doesn't seem to be plagued with: Large rodents in larger numbers.
In an informal, self-selecting survey reported by the New York Times last week, 9 out of 10 subway riders said they saw rats on a daily or weekly basis (mostly on the tracks, and generally not on benches or trains). Only one percent said they never see rats.
New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority does not prohibit eating and drinking in the subway system.
State Senator Bill Perkins, who mounted the Have You Seen a Rat Today? campaign, told the Times the connection was clear. ''What we know for sure is the rats are not growing the food they are eating, nor are they shopping at Whole Foods or McDonald's.''
Metro does not allow food or beverages, but the policy is laxly enforced. Nonetheless, the system has seen relative success in preventing rat infestation.
Have you seen problems with animals in Metro stations? How about with commuters blithely sipping a latte or chowing on a burger--or being confronted by officials or other passengers for doing so?
| November 9, 2010; 9:29 AM ET
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