MTA Cleans Up Rat-Infested Harlem Subway Station
The MTA cleaned up a rat-infested subway station after an exclusive NY1 report showed just how bad the problem was. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
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Back in June, NY1 showed you how big, bold rats turned the platform into their playground at the 145th Street stop for the number 3 train.
But when NY1 came back this week at the same time of night, we didn't spot a rat for hours.
Workers who said they aren't allowed to go on camera said that two days after our report, the transit authority sealed and baited the room where garbage is held, power washed the station and installed new rat-resistant garbage cans.
Why not just remove the cans, as the MTA announced it's doing at several other stations? The agency said this station has too many riders to be in the program.
Many riders are thankful for the huge improvement.
"It makes me feel a little more reassured to be able to come in the train station late at night and, you know, know that there won't be any rats trying to jump on me," said one.
The union says the rat population has increased since the MTA cut the number of cleaners two years ago but the MTA says it's unclear if that's true. Neither the Department of Health nor the MTA said they track that number.
"Yeah, cleaner, but the rats are still here," said one rider. "They not going nowhere."
The MTA said riders should do their part to combat the rat problem in the subways by not bringing food and drinks on subways and buses and by putting garbage in the trash.