While one rat is a rat too many for most people, those riding the New York City subway system find their days full of rodent sightings on all 862 platforms. In fact a survey by the Straphangers Campaign found that rats have been found at 15% of all Brooklyn’s underground subway platforms, 13% of those in Queens and 10% in Manhattan. The Bronx had the worst record with 21% of its stations infested with rats.
“I see rats in the subways every day,” commented Abbie Akande of Washington Heights, who added that she sees the most around Columbus Circle and the West 4th Street station.
Another City resident, Will McKinley, who resides in Battery City Park, also told the Straphangers survey that he has been seeing “way more rats downtown than uptown,” and wonders whether it is a “migratory thing.”
However, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) stated that there is “no empirical data showing any increase in the rodent population,” and has vowed to increase its efforts to seal off access to trash rooms within the subway system.