The Subway Is Cleaner, Still Rat-Filled

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29:  Commuters wait for the subway August 29, 2011 in New York City. One day after Hurricane Irene hit New York the mass transit system, including subways and buses, began moving again in a limited capacity in time for Monday's rush hour.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images

Lawmakers are still just threatening to crack down on filthy cabs, but the MTA is already making progress. AM New York reports that a survey conducted by the Straphangers Campaign found that platforms were in better condition last year than in 2011, with significant reductions in exposed wiring, staircases and handrails in disrepair, broken lights, and major floor cracks. However, there have been increases in water damage and graffiti (though the MTA denies it). 

Jason Chin-Fatt, who oversaw the survey, applauded transit employees but said there’s still room for improvement. “There’s no reason, for example, that riders should have a one in 10 chance of seeing a rat while waiting for a train,” he said. We counter that sharing the subway with rats is preferable to an above-ground ratpocalypse.