Straphangers Campaign surveys subway platforms

February 2, 2012 2:16:23 PM PST
The group that advocates for New York City transit riders says conditions on subway platforms could be better.

The Straphangers Campaign released a survey of subway platforms Thursday. It found broken lighting fixtures, peeling paint and graffiti at many stations.

Surveyors found rats at 11 percent of underground station platforms.

Straphangers Campaign organizer Jason Chin-Fatt called some of the conditions "clearly unacceptable."

On the positive side, all the platforms had garbage cans and none of the cans were overflowing.

The survey was based on observations at 120 randomly selected subway stations. The number represents 28 percent of the all the platforms in the system.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Charles Seaton says improving the appearance and cleanliness of the system's 468 stations is among the agency's top priorities.

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