Despite measures by the MTA to reduce the rat population in NYC subways, commuters are seeing more rats on the platforms. MTA board member Andrew Albert said that subway rats are getting bolder, and it is not uncommon to see them sitting on benches.
One of the main reasons why there are more rat sightings in the subways is increased interaction with humans. The construction works, water leaks, and a rise in the number of commuters also contribute to the increasing population of NYC subway rats. As a way to control the rat problem, baits are placed on the tracks throughout the system once every month, but this does not seem to be an effective solution. Albert said that subway rats can cause health problems, and more extensive efforts should be made to control their numbers.
Some of the stations where rat sightings are more common include West 4th Street, Spring Street on the C, Chambers Street on the A, Jay Street-Borough Hall, and several 34th Street and Upper West Street stops.