Riders at one subway station in Harlem say they're disgusted by having to regularly share their platform with rats. NY1's Tina Redwine filed the following report.
Rats. They're big, bold and have made the end of the number 3 subway platform at 145th Street their home. One rider has even named a few of them.
"Like Ed. I'm like, 'Good Morning Ed,'" said one straphanger. "It grossed me out, I was like this is what I commute with every day?"
One man tells NY1 he was standing just feet away from the garbage bin where trash bags are stored as a rat scurried by Sunday night around 8 p.m.
"It's horrible, it's nasty. This is not the only station, there are many other stations like that. The rats are just running around," said one straphanger.
"Well they run under your legs so you have to be very careful," said another straphanger.
Some riders may be unintentionally adding to the problem by leaving food around that can attract a rat from yards away.
Riders admit the Metropolitan Transportation Authority improved conditions when it covered up holes in the station walls awhile back, but they say more needs to be done.
Union reps say the rat population has increased since the MTA cut the number of cleaners in 2010, but the MTA say it's unclear if there actually are more rats. Neither the Department of Health nor the MTA say they track that number.
The MTA does have a pilot rodent control program, but the 145th Street station didn't even make that list.
The MTA says it will interview employees, seal and bait the refuse room and is ordering an immediate station cleaning.
Meanwhile, the MTA asks that riders not eat on trains and buses. But if they have to, they're reminded to throw their trash in a garbage can.