Gross survey: Rats found on 13% of New York City subway platforms

The findings are in from Straphangers Campaign’s latest study, covering graffiti, peeling paint and other underground quality-of-life indicators

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Rat sightings are an unavoidable—if disgusting—sight for subway riders in New York City. A recent survey by Straphangers Campaign on subway-station conditions found that 13% of underground platforms citywide have rats. Twenty-one percent of platforms with rodents were found in the Bronx, compared with 15% in Brooklyn, 13% in Queens and 10% in Manhattan.


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But the dirty critters weren't the only problems exposed by the survey, which was conducted last summer and released yesterday. Twenty percent of platforms had broken lights, 26% had substantial areas with missing tiles, and 24% had exposed wiring. Substantial graffiti was found in 32% of stations, peeling paint in 74% and water damage in a whopping 82%.


How does your experience on the NYC subway reflect these findings? We're actually surprised the prevalence of rats isn't higher. Let us know in the poll below.


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