Straphangers Campaign: Fewer rats in NYC subway - New York News

Straphangers Campaign: Fewer rats in NYC subway

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NEW YORK (AP) - A group that advocates for riders says there are fewer rats on New York City subway platforms than last year. It says straphangers still run into rodents at 13 percent of underground stations. That's a 3 percent drop.

The Straphangers Campaign looked for rats on 525 platforms.

The critters are most visible in the Bronx, where they were seen in 21 percent of platforms. In Manhattan, they were spotted at 10 percent of stations.

The MTA says it's increased the use of rat poison. It's also using bait that curbs rat reproduction.

The Straphangers also said 24 percent of platforms have exposed wiring. Graffiti was seen in 32 percent. And broken lights were reported in 20 percent of underground stations.

The MTA says safety-related defects "are repaired in short order."

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