Survey: Subway platform conditions unacceptable
An advocacy group is calling out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on what it calls "clearly unacceptable" conditions on subway platforms throughout the city.
According to the Straphangers Campaign, peeling paint, graffiti and rats are plaguing train stops. Surveyors also found exposed wires and broken lights on a number of platforms.
The survey was based on observations at 120 randomly selected subway stations, which is about 25 percent of all stops in the city.
Among the stations inspected was Grand Army Plaza. While riders say it is one of the cleanest subway stops, the survey still found broken lights and graffiti there.
Despite widespread complaints about rats running around on subway platforms, the Campaign found the critters in 11 percent of the stations.
The good news for the MTA is that it scored nearly 100 percent on keeping garbage cans in every station surveyed, but littering remains a problem since not everyone uses the bins to dispose of their trash.
The MTA says that improving the appearance and cleanliness of the system's nearly 500 stations is among its top priorities. NYPIRG's Straphangers Campaign